West Bromwich Albion have made a positive start to the new season under head coach Slaven Bilic and are currently unbeaten in the Championship.
Bilic took charge at the Hawthorns earlier this summer and brought in several new players, as he looks to build a team that can challenge for promotion from the Championship this season.
West Brom are currently fourth in the Championship table, after taking twelve points from their opening six league matches and face sixth-placed Fulham at the weekend.
Some players will be happy with their early-season performances, while others will feel that they have a bit of a point to prove going into the clash at Craven Cottage.
According to WhoScored.com, here are the top five West Brom players with the best pass success rate in the Championship so far this season…
5: Kieran Gibbs – 87.4%
Kieran Gibbs was an important player for West Brom last season and has made a positive start to the new campaign, starting five of their six matches in the Championship so far this term.
The 29-year-old is very good on the ball and while he doesn’t make that many key passes, he rarely gives the ball away. He has a very respectable pass success rate of 87.4%.
The left-back missed the game against Blackburn Rovers last time out through injury, but he’ll be determined to continue his good form after the international break.
4: Filip Krovinovic – 87.5%
Filip Krovinovic became Bilic’s first signing as West Brom head coach when he joined the Baggies on a season-long loan from Benfica earlier this summer.
Bilic is a big fan of the attacking midfielder, having followed his career since his early days with NK Zagreb in Croatia.
The 24-year-old has played every game for West Brom in the Championship so far this season, starting five matches and appearing as a substitute against Blackburn last time out.
The Croatian has produced a number of eye-catching displays, impressing with his ability on the ball and his wide range of passing.
Bilic will probably feel that there is still room for improvement, but you imagine he’ll be very satisfied with the the midfielder’s pass success rate of 87.5%.
It’ll be interesting to see whether Bilic decides to start him against Fulham at the weekend, or whether Matheus Pereira will retain his place in the side.
3: Kyle Bartley – 87.9%
Kyle Bartley has been pretty solid for West Brom this season and has started all six of their Championship matches at centre-back.
He made a big mistake in the last game against Blackburn when his under-hit pass to Romaine Sawyers resulted in Bradley Dack giving Rovers the lead after just 25 seconds, but generally his performances have been good and he’s rarely given the ball away.
The defender will no doubt be hoping to have a better game against Fulham this weekend, but you imagine he’ll still be very pleased with his pass success rate of 87.9%.
2: Kyle Edwards – 89.2%
Kyle Edwards has been involved in all six of West Brom’s Championship matches so far this season, starting four times and appearing twice as substitute.
The 21-year-old has turned in some very good performances, scoring on the opening day against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
He’s a very talented footballer and it’s always good to see an academy player progress through to the first team and play with such freedom and confidence. Bilic will be very impressed with the winger’s pass success rate of 89.2%.
1: Romaine Sawyers – 92%
Perhaps this one shouldn’t be surprising at all. Romaine Sawyers is a very talented football and he’s been one of the best and possibly underrated passers of the ball in the Championship over the past few seasons.
He contributed seven assists for Brentford last season and even though he’s yet to register one for the Baggies this campaign, his performances have been very encouraging and he’s started every game in the Championship so far.
He’s very good on the ball and he’s got a fantastic range of passing. He hardly ever gives the ball away and his pass success rate so far this season of 92% is exceptional.
He’s returned to West Brom as a completely different player to the one who left the club without making a first-team appearance in 2013 and he could turn out to be an excellent addition for Bilic.