Steve Bruce was critical of West Bromwich Albion’s profligacy in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Watford, admitting his players need to be more clinical in front of goal after scoring just once from 19 shots at the Hawthorns.
The Baggies drew their opening game of the Championship to Middlesbrough, scoring just once from 12 shots taken, so Bruce has to fix his side’s lack of ruthlessness in front of goal.
Bruce took charge of Albion on February 4 and presided over 17 league games last season, but his side scored just 18 times. A lack of goals has been an issue ever since he replaced Valerien Ismael and is a big problem in their promotion hunt as it’s costing them points.
West Brom have scored just two goals in the league this season despite having 31 shots so far. No Championship side have taken more shots than the Midlands outfit, but 14 other clubs have scored just as many goals or more.
Daryl Dike is now injured, so that’s one striker lost. Karlan Grant scored against Watford and had a hand in 24 league goals last season, so he can be relied upon. But after him, Bruce doesn’t have another prolific centre-forward.