West Brom fell to another defeat last weekend, being defeated by Crystal Palace, in a game which was memorable for one player’s performance.
Wilfried Zaha was exceptional for Palace, putting in the kind of display he has failed to show since his transfer to Manchester United, and a performance which was a throwback to the winger’s time in the Championship.
Up against Brunt, Zaha gave the makeshift left-back the run around, and it proved that West Brom need to bring in a natural left-back over the January transfer window to fix their main tactical issue.
Brunt is an acceptable option for the left-back position, but his best skills are attacking-based, and the performance by Zaha proved that he is not cut out as a Premier League-level defender.
Zaha completed nine dribbles against Brunt, with the 30-year-old dispossessing the young winger just twice, and he was often chasing shadows as Zaha was tearing into the West Brom penalty area.
Brunt was caught out of position on many occasions whilst trying to patrol the defensive line, and it was the first time since his move to left-back that he has truly shown he is not cut out for the role.
West Brom failed to bring in a left-back over the summer transfer window, and it finally appears as if this failure is coming back to hit Tony Pulis. The manager needs to ensure that this position is the first thing looked at in the run up to the January window, as signing a new left-back should be the first move the Baggies make when the transfer window opens.