West Brom, 2 departed West Brom players Bruce is missing this season – do you agree?

2 departed West Brom players Bruce is missing this season – do you agree?

West Brom dropped down to 20th place of the Championship table after last night’s 3-2 defeat at home to Birmingham City.

West Brom were beaten by a better team in Birmingham City last night.

Scott Hogan’s hat-trick highlighted a lot of flaws in the Baggies’ midfield and defence, with Steve Bruce’s side having conceded 13 goals in nine Championship games so far this season.

The summer transfer window started brightly for West Brom who brought in John Swift early doors, with Jed Wallace arriving soon after.

But despite a fairly shrewd summer in the transfer market, the Baggies are struggling.

Here we name two players who left The Hawthorns last season, and who Bruce is perhaps missing this time round…

Sam Johnstone

Sam Johnstone left West Brom on a free transfer this summer, joining up with Crystal Palace after a 2021/22 season full of transfer speculation.

He never looked likely to stay at the club. But one thing is certain – he brought a lot of quality to a West Brom side currently lacking in it.

David Button is now the man in goal for Bruce. He’s faced his fair share of criticism so far this season, and his performance last night perhaps warrants the criticism.

He was easily beaten for Hogan’s first goal of the night and likewise for the third – Johnstone was a calm and commanding head at the back for West Brom and if he was in goal last night, the Baggies might have come out of that game with a point.

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West Brom, 2 departed West Brom players Bruce is missing this season – do you agree?

Who did West Brom draw with on the opening day of last season?

Andy Carroll

Carroll isn’t everyone’s up of tea. But in the second half of last season with West Brom, he put in some really good performances.

He offered something different up top – his physical presence and work-rate gave defenders a lot to think about when they played West Brom, and his aerial threat was always something that Bruce could work around.

But the Baggies boss clearly wanted to move in a different direction in terms of playing style this season.

Karlan Grant and Brandon Thomas-Asante are his available striking options. The latter looked decent last night but Grant can often go missing in games.

And it’s those gritty, close-fought games where Carroll often shone. What’s more is that, playing in a team with the likes of Swift and Wallace putting crosses into the box, Carroll may well have prevailed.

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