In West Bromwich Albion’s first home game of the season, Karlan Grant found the net just before half time. He came on the heels of Ismaila Sarr’s impressive opening long-range goal, but for those who watched the game that night, going on break level was the least Albion deserved.

Grant received a delicate ball over the top from Grady Diangana with a superb first touch before lifting the ball past Daniel Bachmann and finally beating the goalkeeper who had kept Watford in front with a series of impressive saves. For Grant, Albion’s top scorer in a team that struggled for consistency the previous year, it was as if normal service had resumed.

Days later, Grant came off the bench to settle Albion’s League Cup tie with Sheffield United, and was among the goals again in Steve Bruce’s only win in charge this season, when Hull City visited. Once again, he rescued a rather dismal Albion in Wigan with a fine finish out of nowhere.

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By the end of August, Grant had four goals to his name, and for all intents and purposes it looked like he was on pace to equal his tally from the previous year. It was good, too, with Daryl Dike set to be out for months and Brandon Thomas-Asante still adjusting to his big step forward.

However, Grant’s season hasn’t really moved from that point, practically six months later, for a multitude of reasons. His only goal since that Wigan strike came against non-league opposition in the FA Cup, and the change in management, as well as Thomas-Asante’s acclimatization and Dike’s return to fitness, have created a situation for Grant which no longer warrants any inspection.

Carlos Corberan operates in a 4-2-3-1, meaning Grant, who scored all of his 18 goals last season on the left of a three-front, operates as a more conventional centre-forward or winger each time. that appears. , though even starters have been hard to come by in the league. That’s down to the competition, of course, and Corberan’s preference for using the aforementioned forwards, as well as the likes of Matt Phillips, Jed Wallace, John Swift and Diangana, as well as January newcomer Marc Albrighton.


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