If Tony Pulis is to bring out the best in West Bromwich Albion, he needs to get them scoring more goals.
He may have seen them plunder seven in an FA Cup tie on Saturday, but that was against non-league Gateshead.
In Premier League competition, only three sides have found the target on fewer occasions than the Baggies this season.
It may be that Pulis seeks to address that issue during the January transfer window, but he will also be looking for more from those already on his books.
Strikers have to start delivering and midfielders such as Chris Brunt, Graham Dorrans and James Morrison have to chip in on the offensive front.
The key to unlocking West Brom’s potential could, however, be Stephane Sessegnon.
The Benin international is arguably the most creative weapon in Pulis’ arsenal and if he can get him back to his best, then an upturn in fortune should follow.
|Team||Season||Touches GAME||Total Pass GAME||Accurate Pass GAME||Total Contest GAME||Total Att Assist GAME||Total Scoring Att GAME||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Stéphane Sessegnon||Sunderland / West Brom||2013-2014||45.32||30.39||26.36||3.43||1.54||1.93||28||2,078|
|Stéphane Sessegnon||West Brom||2014-2015||42.95||29.32||25.11||2.47||1.37||1.32||19||1,290|
What is clear from the Opta statistics above is that West Brom need to get Sessegnon on the ball.
His numbers may not have dropped alarmingly, but he is down in all of the key playmaking areas.
If he can raise his game, along with those around him, then there really should be enough in The Hawthorns ranks – with a few fresh faces thrown into the mix – to steer comfortably clear of relegation trouble.