Ex-Baggies right-back Brendan Baston has claimed West Brom’s recent struggles would have been eased if someone could pick up the goalscoring burden.
Forwards Charlie Austin and Hal Robson-Kanu have just 16 league goals between them, the pair went a month without finding the net over the Christmas period.
Even with their recent struggles, West Brom find themselves sitting pretty at the top of the table with a one point advantage over title rivals Leeds who have capitulated since the turn of the year.
Speaking to Andy Hodgson’s Kicking Off, former Baggie’s defender Brendan Baston touched in everything from their woes in front of goal to manager Slaven Billic.
“Normally, if you are going to be a successful you’ve got have a couple of strikers who score 40-50 goals between them a season. We haven’t got that now, we lost Dwight Gayle and Rodriguez last season.”
“It would be nice to have somebody who could get you 15-20 goals a season and at the moment I think we are struggling to have that.”
Boss Slaven Billic is a popular man around The Hawthorns and Baston was quick to sing the Croatian’s praises; “The fans love him, they’ve taken to him really well. It does go well if you start at a club and have a winning way about you, he sets up a great team; very attacking.”
“We played some great stuff at the start of the season. It’s only over the last few weeks we’ve found it difficult at home, away from home I’m always confident that we won’t get beaten, at home we’ve all got the jitters for some reason. You never feel quite secure. I’m pleased that we got over the line yesterday.”
West Brom left some fans underwhelmed with their business this January, making just two additions before the window shut. Baston has sympathy and revealed he believes the winter window is never ideal to get deals done.
““People are looking and seeing if we are going to go up, we are fishing in the same waters as everyone else. The best time to do business without a doubt is at the beginning of the season, managers seem to do their best business at the start of the season and you know what your squad is and try and supplement it as you go along. It’s not easy getting people in.”
Ultimately, Baston is confident his old side will find themselves playing Premier League football next season.
“Since the start of the season, we’ve always felt - particularly after the first 6-10 games we felt we’ve got a real good chance of getting out of this division. Games come thick and fast, we are just pleased we have stopped the slump and remain top of the league. We’ve got a great chance.”
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