There’s a minefield to be negotiated by those in charge of the Baggies this summer.
After their spectacular fall from grace last time out they must quickly regroup and strengthen if they’re to survive in the Championship.
Sunderland serve as a stark warning to Premier League clubs getting complacent after relegation and the pitfalls of not approaching the new season in the correct manner.
‘Horses for courses’ the old saying goes, meaning when you’re in the Championship, you’ll need some Championship experience amongst your ranks.
One player whose star seems to have slipped somewhat recently is Che Adams.
Once labelled by the national media as a potential Premier League player, his season appeared to tail off. Enter Garry Monk to provide a catalyst for Adams at Birmingham.
FLW throws the spotlight on the 21-year old and asks if a switch to their Midlands rivals would help the Baggies at all.
Adams scored five league goals last season and provided two assists, but that alone doesn’t tell the tale of his season. After an EFL Cup hat trick, much was expected of the former Sheffield United youngster. However, after scoring three in one game he bagged just twice more before the arrival of Garry Monk in March. Under Monk Adams played eight league games, scoring three times.
In total he appeared 30 times in the league for Birmingham, averaging just 1.6 shots per game. Those numbers paint the picture of a player not entirely comfortable with his role, a forward not getting shots away. Remember, much o that football was played in a team falling towards League One with seemingly nothing stopping them.
His pass success rate was average, not superb, at 67.6%. He attempted one dribble per game too, averaged out over the full season. The numbers themselves are not that impressive, but this wasn’t a settled side, not one bit. He played under three managers, two of which looked like taking his side down.
At just 21-years old there’s glimpses in the figures of what Adams is capable of. Including cup goals his overall tally was nine in 33, roughly one in three. What could be achieved in a settled side? Given his form at the end of the season, if West Brom were keen they’d need to make a decent bid to acquire him. He’s definitely got the right attributes to succeed, something he’ll be eager to prove in a settled side.