Former West Brom and Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell believes that Karlan Grant has benefitted massively from the arrival of Valerien Ismael, whilst speaking to Football Insider.
Grant, who has scored once and assisted a further two during the first four games of this Championship season, has been operating on the left wing, and as a centre-forward, as part of an interchangeable front three.
The versatile forward featured 21 times in the Premier League last season for The Baggies, and scored just a single goal, during a campaign that ultimately ended in relegation straight back down to the second-tier.
Grant joined the Midlands club from Huddersfield Town in 2019, following a season of scoring 19 in 43 Championship appearances.
The season prior, the 23-year-old netted four goals in 13 Premier League appearances for The Terriers.
Speaking to Football Insider, Campbell has outlined how Ismael’s style of play has already and will continue to benefit Grant: “In Ismael, he has a manager who is going to help him progress. He will keep the narrative simple and will just go and let him play.
“Ismael loves to attack and we have seen that already this season. He does not like to sit back. That style of play suits Grant.
“He’s not a new player but he is a transformed player. He’s making the best of what he’s got and is starting to prove himself at West Brom now.”
Grant has proved to be an excellent forward player already at Championship level, and under Ismael, he can hit new heights.
The 23-year-old’s versatility and competence to operate anywhere across the front-line is a big boost for Ismael and aids him to become unpredictable when it comes to team selection.
West Brom have some undoubted quality going forward, and with the service that Grant provides, coupled with the service he will continue to get, it could be a very productive season for the young attacker.