West Brom ‘deserve’ to be in the Premier League next season according to former Baggies midfielder

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 12:18pm

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Ex-West Brom midfielder Gary Owen thinks his former side deserve to achieve Premier League status next season due to the amount of goals they’ve scored this season.

The Baggies has notched 64 league goals this season, seven more than second highest goal-scorers Brentford with 57.

This is largely in part due to the shared responsibility when it comes to finding the net amongst West Brom’s forward’s. Rather than having one striker notch 30 league goals to to propel them to automatic promotion, the likes of Hal Robson-Kanu, Charlie Austin and Matt Phillips have also pulled their weight when it comes to goal scoring.

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Robson Kanu sits top of the Baggies scoring charts with ten, closely followed by Austin and Phillips who have nine and seven respectively.

West Brom ran out 2-0 victors over Preston North End at The Hawthorns last night, courtesy of goals from Robson-Kanu and Jake Livermore. The win see’s them increase their lead at the top of the Championship table to seven points, though they have played a game more than nearest title rivals Leeds United, who travel to the Riverside Stadium to face Middlesbrough tonight.

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Speaking to Love Sport Breakfast, Ex-Baggies midfielder Gary Owen heaped praise on his former side.

“Absolutely they deserve to [be in the Premier League], I firmly believe any team that gets the most points will deserve to win the league but normally the team that scores the most goals in any league normally wins the league they are in.

“Man City have done it in the past, Liverpool will do it this year and West Brom will do it this year too.

“They’ve scored more goals than Leeds, they are a hard team to beat- they’ve only lost four games this season.”

Owen also touched on Baggies title rivals Leeds United, and how West Brom’s scintillating form has put huge pressure on Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

“Leeds have lost eight and they are in second position. At this time of the season, it’s a lot of points to catch up, although Leeds play this evening, that puts a lot of pressure on Leeds knowing that the gap is that at this moment in time and they have to win.

“A draw is no good, unless they want to come up in second position but if they want to win it, every game is a must win game when you’re chasing seven or ten points like they are behind West Brom.

"I certainly believe the way West Brom are playing under Bilic, they have a belief. When you keep winning games you don’t think you are going to get beat.”

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