Premier League wrap: West Brom continue their flying start
West Brom are in their third successive season in the top flight and surprising all around them, writes Alex Sharp
Having shrugged off the Premier League yo-yo tag, West Brom are in their third successive season in the top flight and surprising all around them.
Think back to the summer when Steve Clarke got the job – a man who had built up a huge reputation assisting at Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool. Yet many feared the solid foundations created by England boss Roy Hodgson could falter.
However, after 11 games and six wins, West Brom lie in fifth above the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham. The Baggies are most definitely bouncing and look a formidable threat going forward.
The most impressive aspect of this sustained start is the attitude of the squad and staff. Clarke still demands more from his players and seems determined for the Baggies to build on this start.
Going forward is where West Brom have started to entertain. They have the road runner Shane Long pestering defences and also chipping in with the goals.
Add to that the presence and potential of Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku, with Peter Odemwingie also back among the goals.
And Clarke still hasn’t properly utilised Sweden international Markus Rosenberg, who is still waiting for a run of minutes on the pitch.
They all have pace and are currently getting great service from the likes of James Morrison and the tricky Zoltan Gera.
Gera has always supplied goals and has impressed since returning from injury.
West Brom finally possess match winners and with Clarke’s daring tactics, it is paying off so far this campaign.
At the back, West Brom have built on the defensive solidarity Hodgson instilled. It’s evident the understanding is there and the will is there amongst the squad to keep up this fine form.
Their brand of football is dangerous and if they can survive dips in form without too much damage then Clarke can guide this side higher than their 10th-place finish last season.
The three points at Wigan were the first for West Brom under Clarke and if they continue to pile on the points, Chelsea could have trouble when visiting the Hawthorns next weekend.