Valerien Ismael insists he has no intentions of moving away from his favoured 3-4-3 system as West Brom prepare to welcome Queens Park Rangers to The Hawthorns this Friday night (8pm).
Although unbeaten in their first eight matches at the beginning of this Championship campaign, there are some concerns shared among certain quarters of the fanbase that sides are figuring out how to disrupt Albion, following Millwall, Derby and then Preston all taking a point apiece off the Baggies.
QPR are the latest visitors to The Hawthorns, the latest test and the latest opportunity for Ismael and his group of players to prove that they can adapt and clinch victory even when opponents set up to nullify their approach.
“I played this formation for three years, and this is the most flexible formation I’ve played,” Ismael explained. “Everything moves in one direction. We don’t need to change anything in our formation – we need to score more goals.
“This is the topic at the minute for us. We create a lot of chances in other games. We concede the lowest number of shots on target in the league. We have the highest xG in the league. There is nothing wrong, the main focus is just to make sure we are more ruthless in the box.”
One player who hasn’t yet been seen in action since arriving in the summer transfer window is Jayson Molumby.
The Irish international immediately joined up with compatriots Dara O’Shea and Callum Robinson earlier this month after arriving and from there it’s taken him a little while to catch up with Ismael’s methods.
Still, Molumby has been a part of the Albion squad in each of the last three matches without making an appearance.
With Jake Livermore and Alex Mowatt tying down the two midfield spots in Ismael’s starting XI, chances haven’t been too forthcoming but the manager considers him a genuine option and expects it won’t be long before he is called on to make his debut.
“He’s really close. For sure, when you think that his time is not long with us, because he signed but he went straight away with the national team and has come back and been with us in full the last two weeks maybe. In time he’ll get his chance,” Ismael added.
“He needs to be patient, train well, and he will have his chance to prove his quality. There are still a lot of games but it’s clear – we want to see all the players all the time, but we have only three substitutes and it’s difficult to give all the players minutes.
“No issue – he is ready.”