Sky Sports pundit Andy Hinchcliffe has admitted that West Bromwich Albion could struggle to challenge for a top-two place in the Championship due to the fact that he believes that they are making too many errors and lack a back-up option in terms of their style of play.
After initially making a positive start to the 2021/22 campaign, the Baggies have struggled with their consistency in recent weeks.
Defeats to Stoke City, Swansea City and Fulham has hindered the progress that West Brom would have been hoping to make in the Championship.
Although the Baggies did show some signs of promise against the Cottagers last weekend, individual errors in this particular clash allowed Marco Silva’s side to secure all three points.
With manager Valerien Ismael opting to deploy a style of play which relies upon his side to press the opposition in the final-third of the pitch, many sides have opted to alter their tactics in order to deal with this approach.
Currently nine points adrift of league leaders AFC Bournemouth, West Brom will need to step up their performance levels if they are to close this particular gap.
Set to face Hull City at The Hawthorns tomorrow evening, the Baggies will be determined to get back on track by securing all three points in this fixture.
Ahead of this showdown, Hinchcliffe has insisted that West Brom need to stop making mistakes during games if they are to challenge for an automatic promotion place this season.
Speaking on the latest episode of the Sky Sports EFL Podcast, Hinchcliffe said: “For West Brom, they’ve got to eradicate these individual errors and it is going to be touch-and-go if they are going to challenge for the top-two.
“It is possible but again if they keep making mistakes, teams are physical against them and hold them off, teams can hurt them so that is a problem.
“That lack of a plan B is a bit of a problem I feel for West Brom going forward.”
Although there is still plenty of football left to be played this season, it is hard to disagree with Hinchcliffe’s comments as West Brom have made a number of errors in the Championship which has led to their opponents scoring crucial goals.
Robert Snodgrass’ woeful pass in last Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Fulham allowed Aleksandar Mitrovic to double his side’s advantage which effectively ended the Baggies’ hopes of getting back into the game.
Whilst Ismael is extremely unlikely to alter his tactical approach to the club’s upcoming fixtures, it is imperative that he makes sure that his players are alert at all times as he will know that you cannot afford to switch off in the Championship.
By beating Hull on Wednesday, West Brom may be able to use the confidence gained from this result to push on in the second-tier under the guidance of Ismael in the coming months.