Adam Reach was an unused substitute for the second consecutive Championship game on Tuesday and the third time this season for West Bromwich Albion, so should Steve Bruce stop kidding himself and bring in a replacement before the summer transfer window shuts?
West Brom are 10th in the table with eight points from seven games, having drawn five times already while scoring one of less goals in five outings. It’s clear they need prolific goalscorers to turn the draws into wins, so Reach may as well be offloaded if he isn’t going to play.
The 29-year-old is a winger whose job it is to create chances and tuck away a handful of efforts himself, but he’s not getting the nod even when Albion are chasing a goal, so Bruce clearly doesn’t trust that he’s good enough for West Brom’s promotion push.
Reach has amassed just 14 minutes of league football and finds himself behind Grady Diangana, Jed Wallace and Matt Phillips in the pecking order, so why aren’t the Baggies looking to sign an upgrade in the transfer market? If Bruce won’t bring him off the bench to change games, he’s better off not having him at all.
Time will tell if the Albion manager is looking to sign another wide-man, however, as it’s hard getting deals over the line this late into the window.