Whoever says West Brom don’t have creatives players wash your mouth out with salt.
Not only do Alan Pardew’s side have a midfield containing Jake Livermore but they have one of the best and most consistent playmakers in the bottom half of the table.
It’s Chris Brunt and if you don’t believe me read these stats and wipe the shocked look off your face.
Brunt floated in the corner that Craig Dawson headed home from for today’s 2-0 win over Brighton.
Amazingly, in a team that is completely bereft of creativity and one that had not won in 22 league games, Brunt has more Premier League assists than Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
That’s the same Eden Hazard who plays in Antonio Conte’s title-winning side and has consistently demonstrated that he is a one of the best players in the Premier League.
However, when you compare his assist number against Brunt’s for the last three seasons he comes up shot.
The West Brom winger’s corner today made it 20 league assists since 2014/15, one more than Hazard has managed.
Haters will say the stats are skewed, but the only caveat we can see is that more of West Brom’s play runs through Brunt as he is one of the few creative outlets at Pardew’s disposal.
But that does not outweigh the fact Chelsea have been very very good over that period and Brunt has had to slug away on a diet of 0-0s in ugly conditions at the Hawthorns.
Carrying the flag for the everyman, Chris.