Adam Reach’s first West Brom goal earlier this month could prove a potential turning point in his Baggies career, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
The £2.25m-rated attacker has endured a tough time since making the move to the Hawthorns from Sheffield Wednesday, but the 29-year-old scored a dramatic late equaliser at Bristol City to extend West Brom’s unbeaten run to four games.
What happened against Bristol City?
Steve Bruce’s side might have continued their recent upturn in results, but it was another two points dropped in their pursuit of the top six.
The Baggies have now avoided defeat in their last four Championship matches, although the 2-2 draw saw them slip seven points behind the play-offs with just eight fixtures remaining.
Nahki Wells opened the scoring for the Robins before Karlan Grant’s penalty looked to have earned the Midlands outfit a point.
However, Andreas Weimann’s 85th minute strike put Bristol City back ahead, before Reach levelled for the second time for West Brom, just seconds after his stoppage-time introduction.
Despite the result proving another hammer blow in their hunt for the top six, O’Rourke recognised that it was a key moment on an individual level for Reach.
What did O’Rourke say about Reach?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “It could well be a potential turning point for Adam Reach. He arrived on a free transfer and has struggled for game-time.”
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Are West Brom out of the top six race?
With 24 points still up for grabs, it’s too early to completely write off West Brom just yet.
However, they must make up a seven point gap with just eight games remaining, which is going to be an extremely difficult task.
Not only do many of the sides around them have games in hand, but there are five teams between the Baggies and sixth place.
Furthermore, at least 70 points have been needed for a top six place in recent years, meaning West Brom will need to win at least six of their final eight games, which is likely to prove a-near impossible task considering they’ve tasted victory only five times since November, a run of 22 matches.
All is not lost for West Brom just yet, but heading into the business end of the season, they cannot afford to slip up or another season in the second-tier beckons.