West Bromwich Albion had to be bailed out by new-boy Brandon Thomas-Asante to rescue a 1-1 draw against Burnley on Friday as Karlan Grant didn’t make an impact at the Hawthorns.
The 24-year-old came into the game with two goals from his last three league appearances but didn’t come close to notching against the Clarets. Grant ended up being pushed out wide when Thomas-Asante was introduced in the second half too, so it’s clear Steve Bruce wasn’t happy with his performance.
Joseph Chapman of Birmingham Live gave Grant a player rating of 4/10 and said failed to get a clean shot away. Chapman called the forward a ‘bystander’ in the first half too, so it wasn’t a glowing endorsement.
Against Burnley, the 24-year-old played for 90 minutes, had 28 touches, won one aerial duel, completed 76.5% of his 17 passes, failed to create a chance, had one shot which didn’t hit the target, whipped in one cross without finding a teammate, won one freekick and had one successful dribble.
Grant has made 10 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring four goals. The striker remains an enigma for West Brom as he will have bad games where he doesn’t come close to scoring but still manages a respectable goal-to-game ratio – 44 league games last season with 18 goals and 7 assists.
Grant will hope to improve against Coventry City on Saturday.