Five things we learned as West Brom were defeated by Manchester City

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West Brom lost 3-0 to Manchester City to start their Premier League season - here are fives things learned from the game.

Raheem Sterling’s finishing still needs work

Sterling’s big money move to City was completed over the summer, and big things are expected of him as an attacking force. However, he still looks to be struggling with one key area of his game - finishing. His one of ones have never been too good, and after missing two chances against the Baggies, the youngster should be looking to ensure he works on his precision in front of goal.

Yaya Toure is untouchable - on his day

Toure put in a top class performance in the 3-0 win, scoring twice and showing a forward thinking mentality from the deeper midfield role. On this form, he is one of the best players in the Premier League, but it is hard to tell how he will play for the entire season. City need this Toure if they intend to fight for the Premier League title.

West Brom’s gameplan was that of David vs Goliath - but they still lost

The Baggies set up in the tie as the smaller team expecting to be beaten by City. It was a David vs Goliath battle - but Goliath still won. They were gifting the ball to City players, and spent much of the first half with all their players in the defensive zone attempting to fight off attacks. West Brom have talented attacking players, but they need to utilise them properly.

The Saido Berahino and Rickie Lambert partnership should be put on hold

The little and large strike partnership was expected to be fruitful, but the performance against City proved that it needs work. Lambert looked off the pace, and Berahino’s best work came from the wide position he was placed in for the second half. The duo do have potential to excel, but right now it looks as if a 4-3-3 system will suit West Brom the best.

The Baggies need to sign a new left-back before the window closes

The left-back position has been one of real worry for West Brom since Tony Pulis was named manager. Both Chris Brunt and Joleon Lescott have been used out of position by the boss, and the former took up that role for the City game. Defensively he was sound, and James McClean tracked back to help him deal with Jesus Navas, but not utilising Brunt’s attacking strengths seems a waste. He should be in an attacking position, and not pushed into a defensive role

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