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3 shot assists: The West Brom man who will be crucial in promotion clash against Nottingham Forest

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The early Championship game of the day tomorrow could perhaps be the best one as West Brom welcome Nottingham Forest to The Hawthorns.

Eight points separate the two sides, with Albion leading the way in the Championship and Forest sitting in fifth position – just two points away from the second automatic promotion spot.

Therefore, it’s a massive game and even with home advantage, Slaven Bilic’s men will know they need to be at their best to pick up a fourth consecutive win.

And, one man who could be crucial to Albion’s chances of success is Hal Robson-Kanu.

With seven goals from 26 games and just one in his last 12, it would be fair to question whether the Baggies need a more prolific number nine to lead the line.

However, as our graphic shows, Robson-Kanu’s game is not solely about scoring goals and he will help the team in different ways – as he did at Reading on Wednesday night.

Firstly, he is a selfless runner and that willingness to run the channels and to press the opposition is vital for a team that want to play the high-intensity football that Bilic encourages.

As well as that, he is the perfect focal point for this team with his link-up play and mobility.

The ex-Welsh international has a good physicality which enables him to challenge with defenders but he is also sharp enough to provide a threat on the shoulder.

Albion are a team that like to play out and combining those qualities means his presence gets the best out of the attacking midfield trio.

He can occupy the centre-backs to allow the likes of Matheus Pereira and Filip Krovinovic space to operate, where they can be deadly at this level.

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And, his involvement in the game is clear to see, with his touch and passing ability providing three shots for his teammates against the Royals.

Whilst he is a completely different player and obviously nowhere near as good, Liverpool’s success in the Premier League with Roberto Firmino up front has ensured forwards who don’t always score are getting the appreciation they deserve.

That’s the role Robson-Kanu plays for this classy West Brom team and even if he doesn’t get on the scoresheet tomorrow, he will be crucial if Albion are to move three points closer to the top-flight.

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