Even though Darren Moore has done a fine job with West Brom this season, he has made one controversial call that many supporters disagree with.
The Baggies boss has continuously used Dwight Gayle from a wide position, with Jay Rodriguez the man to lead the line up top in a 4-3-3 formation.
However, not only is it a decision that has frustrated supporters, it’s sure to have annoyed Gayle too.
After all, he is a player that has proven himself at this level over the years. The 28-year-old did well with Peterborough in the second-tier before firing Newcastle to the title years later.
Between that, he scored goals in the Premier League.
Quite simply, he should be the star man for most sides in the division, not someone who is shifted to accomadate others.
Moore may point to Gayle’s good record this season, where he has scored 16 in 28, as justification for his decision, but it just shows how clinical the striker is.
If he was playing up top, the ex-Crystal Palace man would be getting more chances as he would be getting into goalscoring positions regularly.
His major qualities are his movement, pace and instincts to find pace in the box, which would benefit more from a central role.
Plus, it has to be said that Albion are a side that create chances for fun, with so many talented individuals in the final third.
It’s a tall order for West Brom to catch the top two now and you have to wonder if that would be the case had Gayle featured in his best position this season.
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