The Baggies seemed to be everyone’s second favourite team this season. They were strangely exciting before reaching 40 points, despite Rondon only netting 8 times, and recorded their second highest Premiership finish (behind 2012-13). Their cup runs were short lived which probably helped, given their high average age of the squad and lack of rotation.
Rondon’s 8 is the lowest top scorer they’ve had since Ellington and Kanu (5) in their relegation season of 2005-06. They would hope to improve on 43 scored next year but 51 conceded isn’t bad. Only 6 clean sheets however put them level with Sunderland and above only Hull.
Interestingly they were last for passes made (11,825). Their tendency to fall into shape rather than press lead to them making the third least tackles.
We’d all like to see them be entertaining again but preferably all season long. The aim is finish 8th-10th realistically and go further in the cups. They’ll never realistically challenge for Europe on a consistent basis.
Jay Rodriguez, despite his injuries, could be a very good signing. Chadli and Phillips look good on the wings but they need some class to compliment the steel in the middle of the pitch. They’re not likely to sign Elneny but someone in his mould would be a good fit – good with and without the ball. Imbula at Stoke might an option if they’ll take a loss on him.
Gibbs and Zouma would help Hegazi bring the defensive line’s age down a little.