Plenty of West Bromwich Albion fans weren’t too happy when we lost talented Academy graduate Romaine Sawyers to Walsall on a free back in 2013, and the now 27-year-old Saint Kitts and Nevis international has proven to be a reliable Championship performer following his eventual switch to Brentford.
During the summer transfer window, new head coach Slaven Bilic brought him back home and with eight appearances to his name so far, he seems to be enjoying himself back at The Hawthorns. Following the mixed 1-1 draw with Fulham last weekend following the end of the September international break, Sawyers was interviewed by the Birmingham Mail and despite battling back from behind in six of the seven second tier fixtures, yet remaining unbeaten so far this year, Sawyers admitted there was plenty more to come from the side as he felt we still hadn’t clicked properly.
“We’re still building and there’s a lot of new players, including myself. We’re trying to get that chemistry so we’re on the same wavelength. We’re still picking up a lot of points. It will stand us good over 46 games if we keep on picking up points. We’re a big club in this league and once we get ahead in games teams will be like ‘wow’. When they’re ahead we have to show them what a big club we are. We’ve shown that already over and over again this season. Once we start taking leads we’ll be a lot more comfortable. It’s nice to say we’re unbeaten and we want to turn the draws into wins. Away from home if we keep picking up points and we make our home ground a fortress we’ll be all right.”
Sawyers is right to be positive as we are showing we’ve got a good backbone this year, even if we haven’t quite clicked on an offensive front, but given the players we have, that should surely only be a matter of time before we find some real form.
Until then, remaining unbeaten is a good baseline to build from again.