West Brom EFL Championship Tactical Analysis

After this weekend’s EFL action we’re now at the 10-game stage. According to many, this is the time to asses where you are and what you’ll be fighting for this season.

Some will be happier than others with their start, but what about the numbers behind it all? Here’s the best EFL stats from the weekend brought to you by Goodbrand Stats.

Pussycats in the Lion’s Den?

One of the surprises of the EFL season has been Millwall’s poor start to the campaign.

The Lions were well in the hunt for the play-offs going into the latter stages of last season, eventually finishing 8th.

This term though, Neil Harris’ side have found it tricky. Millwall sit 23rd with just 1 win after 10 games.

Even more shocking is their new generous habit they’ve picked up.

The South Londoners were 2-1 up at home to Sheffield United going into the last 15 minutes.

But a David McGoldrick double gave the Blades a comeback victory.

This a worrying trend for the Lions, who have lost 10 points from winning positions at the New Den in just 5 games so far.

They only lost just 9 points from winning positions at home in the whole of 2017-18.

Let em’ come…. for the points.

Woeful Williams 

Speaking of generosity, this leads us on nicely to Ashley Williams.

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Midas touch, where everything you touch turns to gold. It seems poor Ashley has the opposite.

The on-loan Stoke City defender has had a difficult start to life at the Bet 365 Stadium.

Williams was handed a rare start against Rotherham on Saturday, as Gary Rowett looked to address his side’s defensive issues.

Sadly, it didn’t have the desired effect.

Williams gave away a penalty and the Potters had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

The former Swansea defender has had 9 starts in 2018 for parent-club Everton and Stoke City.

This has seen 0 wins, 4 draws and 5 defeats. Worse still, he has received 2 red cards and let 18 goals in.

Seems like Ashley’s been taking Liberties since he left Swansea.

Gayle force wins 

The same cannot be said for West Brom’s latest star Dwight Gayle.

The striker is no stranger to goals in the EFL and is enjoying life at the Hawthorns after a summer switch from Newcastle United.

Gayle netted his 6th goal for the Baggies at the weekend as his new side beat Preston to go top of the Championship.

He has now scored 29 goals in his last 40 Championship games for Newcastle and West Brom.

Bagsman.

The Bees Knees 

Another man who’s no stranger to the back of the net is Brentford’s Neal Maupay.

The Frenchman was on target again during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Reading, as his side moved into the play-off places.

Maupay is the top scorer in the Championship, with 9 goals in 8 games.

He and his teammates owe a lot to the selflessness of attacker Said Benrahama.

The Algerian winger has made a seamless transition to life in the EFL after moving from OSG Nice in the summer.

Benrahama has 4 assists in 10 appearances, the most in the division.

Busy Bees.

Bolton One-derers 

Like Brentford, Bolton’s success has been built on teamwork.

Phil Parkinson’s side were tipped by many to be the whipping boys this season, but they’ve been anything but.

After a strong start, Wanderers are 14th, 9 points clear of the dreaded trap-door.

Their latest victory, a 1-0 success over Frank Lampard’s Derby County, continued an intriguing trend.

Bolton’s last 10 wins in the Championship have been by 1 goal. 8 of those 10 have finished 1-0.

1-0 to the Wanderers.

Town struggling to Cobble up wins 

Any EFL win would do if you’re a fan of Northampton Town.

The Cobblers were relegated last term and have made a poor start to this campaign.

Dean Austin was sacked after the weekend’s 4-0 humiliation at Mansfield. Austin left the Cobblers 21st in League 2 with just 1 win and 7 points so far.

The failure to fill the Chris Wilder shaped void since his departure to join Sheffield United three season ago, has seen the Cobblers plummet at an alarming rate.

Under Wilder, Northampton won 29 of their 46 games in 2015-16 on their way to the League 2 title.

Since he left, they have won 27 of their 102 games under 4 different managers.

This shoe doesn’t seem to fit.