Darren Fletcher explains the problem that still exists in West Brom’s squad

Darren Fletcher

West Brom take on local rivals Aston Villa this weekend.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, West Brom captain Darren Fletcher has admitted that the Baggies are still struggling to cope with the balance between attack and defence this season.

The midfielder said: “We need to work on the balance between not conceding but also being a threat. That’s what has been happening all season. We have gone from losing the goals against Chelsea and Manchester City to not conceding, and we’re now looking like less of a threat going forward. We need to get that fine balance where we’re not conceding but we’re also a threat to oppositions. It will come, we’re working hard at it.”

So far this season, the Baggies have looked like a disjointed side, who are unable to complete a full game with a defined tactical plan.

They have picked up just one victory, and have either defended well with no offensive threat, or attacked well and conceded heavily.

Against Manchester City and Chelsea they opted to play attacking systems, and lost both games, whilst turning out against Watford and Southampton saw poor football with no goal threat - but both games ended in draws.

Tony Pulis was not helped earlier in the season by the Saido Berahino transfer saga, with the striker not playing whilst his future was in doubt.

He is one of few players able to create something out of nothing, and not being able to select the young striker has been behind a lot of their disjointed attacking play.

Fletcher has admitted that the squad are aware of their main issue, and have been working hard to overcome it.

This weekend, the Baggies take on local rivals Aston Villa, and it gives West Brom a great chance to pick up another three points.

Villa have also looked disjointed this term, although their attacking play has been impressive, and it is likely the victory this weekend will go to whichever team is most unified when the teams take the field on Saturday.

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