West Bromwich Albion ended their pre-season campaign unbeaten with a resounding 4-0 victory over Birmingham City yesterday.
The Baggies are preparing to embark on life back in the Championship under new boss Valerien Ismael, with many tipping them to be among the candidates for promotion.
If pre-season is anything to go by, then Albion may well prove those backers correct, after thumping local rivals Birmingham City 4-0 yesterday afternoon.
After dominating a goalless first half period, goals from Grady Diangana and Matt Clarke sent Ismael’s side into a 2-0 lead.
Rayhaan Tulloch got his name on the scoresheet too, after Karlan Grant had made it 3-0 from the penalty spot on an impressive afternoon at St. Andrew’s.
Quiz: What was the score the last time West Brom played at each of these 24 stadiums?
Many West Brom fans will be eager to see what Grant can offer having been unable to make a real impact at the Hawthorns thus far.
The striker signed for West Brom in a £15million deal last summer, but scored only one goal in 21 Premier League appearances last term.
Grant is a proven goalscorer at this level, though, scoring 19 goals in 43 Championship appearances for Huddersfield Town in 2019/20.
He got his goal yesterday, but his overall performance was sharp, and it left plenty of Baggies fans optimistic about the forthcoming season…
Word on Karlan Grant after a testing time at Albion so far.
Not seen the best of him, but think he's in pole position to show it now.
Impressed me today, took his goal well (albeit from the penalty spot), and really put in a shift.
— Luke Hatfield (@LHatfield_Star) July 31, 2021
He is a championship player so will have a decent season in the league. Making the step up is the issue.
— CJ222 (@BackpostTrez2) July 31, 2021
He battered defences and scorse loads for Huddersfield in the championship, we brought him to do that in the PL, wrong move imho, now he will have massive confidence he can run riot in the championship yet again 👍👍⚽⚽⚽
— Bagster1971 (@bagster1971) July 31, 2021
Yh needs a massive season, new manager and new style and constant starts will hopefully kick start his Albion career. Clearly a good player in there just needs to find his way.
— Brodymoz2 (@brodymoz2) July 31, 2021
— WBA Away Singing Section (@AwayWba) July 31, 2021
Shades of Saido with that finish. Great goal.
Good to see Grant get on the scoresheet too. Big goal for him.
Bring on Friday night.
— James Downing (@jimmythewhack) July 31, 2021
Huge season ahead, top goalscorer🔜😍
— 𝑫𝒂𝒏🗣 (@danwba_) July 31, 2021
Announce Golden boot ⚽️
— Jack (@ftblJackv2) July 31, 2021
You will tear this league apart, Karlan 🙌
— Dave Bayley (@baggieboy_79) July 31, 2021