After West Bromwich Albion ended the season with a 4-0 win over Barnsley, Steve Bruce reserved praise for Adam Reach, calling him a “top class pro” who is ideal to have in the dressing room. The 61-year-old also said Reach has “good ability”, but has he shown much of it this season?
Reach joined West Brom on a three-year deal from Sheffield Wednesday last summer and has gone on to make 36 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals with two assists. The 29-year-old may be a positive influence in the dressing room and shows great ability in training, but he’s not delivering on the pitch.
Reach has scored fewer goals than Matt Phillips who’s played 581 minutes less than the former while being substitute on or substitute off in 25 of his 29 Championship outings this season. The 29-year-old has registered only seven shots on target since the move and hasn’t commanded a regular starting place, so it’s not been the best debut campaign.
Reach was brought in to get amongst the goals and create chances for his teammates, but Darnell Furlong has more assists (4), so he’s getting outperformed by defenders and players who feature significantly less than he does.