West Bromwich Albion are currently third in the Championship with 33 points from 19 games, eight adrift of second-placed Bournemouth and nine shy of leaders Fulham.

The Baggies have gone three games without a win and have recorded just one victory in their last five games, so fans on social media are becoming disgruntled with the ownership.

After barely spending on new recruits over the summer, fingers are being pointed at majority shareholder Lai Guochuan who supporters believe is underinvesting in West Brom and needs to go.

West Brom were relegated from the Premier League last season and signed six players to help them in their pursuit of promotion this campaign – Alex Mowatt (free transfer from Barnsley), Adam Reach (free transfer from Sheffield Wednesday), Matt Clarke (on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion), Jordan Hugill (on loan from Norwich City), Jayson Molumby (on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion) and Kean Bryan (free transfer).

The Baggies haven’t spent a penny on new acquisitions other than wages and the transfer policy hasn’t been justified under Valerien Ismael. Lai Guochuan is the one who has final say on where money is spent, so he’s the target of ire from fans. The fact he’s hardly seen at the Hawthorns doesn’t go down well either as it gives the impression he doesn’t care about the club he owns.

West Brom risk losing too much ground on the automatic promotion spots if they can’t turn their form around, and there’s no guarantee a lucrative spend is on the cards in January, so this could be a long season.

In other news, fans on social media slate ‘very poor’ Grady Diangana for ‘terrible’ performance