West Brom’s defeat against Stoke City was absolutely shocking last on Monday night, and whilst the Baggies have got things that they can work on in training to avoid a similar defeat happening again, the main thing that has to happen is off the pitch.
Slaven Bilic is doing a great job at the club and whilst he’s certainly doing what he can to try and get them back into the Premier League, he has to be backed by those in the boardroom, and that means that the club needs to go out and make some signings.
First of all, we know full well that going all out for Premier League promotion and falling short can have a huge impact on a club and end up with devastating consequences financially. However, the Baggies are well set, have a foundation to build upon and now just need some final tweaks.
For that to happen, Bilic needs to be backed, and with just over a week remaining in the current window, these tweaks are important as they’ve ever been. A new attacking option and maybe a new centre-half are key things to bring in, and doing it now would also take the pressure off of the club in the summer should Bilic take the Baggies up.
The defeat against Stoke was a game where the Potters had a fantastic game plan and executed it to perfection. However, the Baggies should be able to deal with teams that hit them early and set up with a low block, but they failed to do so on Monday night.
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Fortunately, Leeds United also lost, but that doesn’t excuse the defeat, and if anything it should prove as the perfect reason for Bilic to be given a licence to go out and bring in a new player or two just to force them over the line.