West Brom ended their poor run of form at The Hawthorns with a 3-0 win over Swansea last night, with caretaker James Shan in the dugout.
Whilst the result looks comfortable, it doesn’t tell the whole story with Bersant Celina comically missing a penalty and Sam Johnstone making a few fine saves.
Nevertheless, it was an important win for the Baggies and as our graphic shows, Chris Brunt was a key man behind the victory.
The 34-year-old hasn’t always been a regular this season and it’s fair to say the supporters aren’t too fond of him being in the team right now but he proved his worth after Shan recalled him last night.
The four key passes highlight just how good Brunt’s left-foot is, with the Northern Irishman capable of finding that killer ball or switching play effortlessly.
And, he gives the side a major threat from set-plays as a result. His goal was an example of that, with a wicked delivery going all the way in to give Albion the lead.
His pass success rate highlights how he can keep the ball for the Baggies and his two interceptions show he can still do a job defensively.
The obvious concern is that he lacks the pace to cover the ground but with the energetic Rekeem Harper also in midfield last night, the pair complemented each other well.
Ultimately, it was a good night for West Brom after a turbulent few days and Brunt deserves credit for how he stepped in and delivered on what could’ve been a very challenging night.
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