• Can Albion Break Their Premier League Goal Drought?

    Can Albion Break Their Premier League Goal Drought?

    Albion’s efforts to add to their strikeforce in the Summer transfer window ultimately proved fruitless, and Chris Hughton will have to rely on his Championship promotion winning forwards for the first half of the Premier League season.

    It all came down to the notoriously frantic deadline day as Tony Bloom, Paul Barber and Paul Winstanley worked up to, and indeed beyond, the official window closure as they desperately tried to add to the club’s striking options.

    As the clock struck 11pm Albion fans held their collective breath, eager to hear some good news. An update soon came, and it wasn’t an expected one. Albion had been granted a two hour extension to try and get a move through to completion. The deal in question was for Vincent Janssen from Spurs.

    The Dutch international had been considered a bit of a flop since arriving from AZ Alkmaar in the Summer of 2016, although with the way Spurs line up and Harry Kane’s remarkable scoring record, Janssen had not been afforded much of a chance to make his mark in the English game.

    Unfortunately for the Albion, this last-minute move also fell through with Janssen himself deciding to stay put in North London, and as a result Chris Hughton will be hoping that Glenn Murray, Tomer Hemed and Sam Baldock for goals until the January transfer window comes around.

    There has been general dismay both inside and outside the club with both Tony Bloom and Paul Barber addressing supporters who are understandably concerned where Albion’s goals are going to come from.

    The Seagulls have failed to hit the target in each of the opening three Premier League games of the campaign. Whilst failing to score against Manchester City and Leicester could be forgiven, there was disappointment that Albion could not get past Watford’s Heurelho Gomes, particularly after the Hornets had been reduced to ten men after Miguel Britos was deservedly sent off.

    Albion’s goal shy run stretches back to the conclusion of last season when the promoted Seagulls only managed to find the net once in their final three fixtures. One goal in the last 540 minutes of league football is a record that need improving, and quickly.

    After the international break, West Bromwich Albion visit the Amex in a game that Chris Hughton will be targeting as the sort of game his side will need to win if Albion are to retain their Premier League status. Tony Pulis is a wily old campaigner and his sides rarely give much away. With Sam Baldock and Glenn Murray both sidelined, there will be hope that Tomer Hemed can recover from the thigh strain that saw him sit out Israel’s World Cup qualifier against Italy.

    According to SBAT predictions, the match is not likely to be a goal-fest - there is only a 35% chance of there being more than 2 goals scored. Seagulls fans will be hoping that their side comes out on top, regardless of where the goals come from.