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Since we’ve progressed into the month of December, our form has not necessarily set the world on fire. A draw at Leeds at the start of the month, followed by a draw at bottom-half stalwarts Milwall and then a 2-0 loss to Barnsley last weekend have seen our form go from four-wins-in-five in the month of November to no-wins-in-three in December.
Albert Adomah’s fine scoring form was probably the sole reason that we were doing so well, but this month he’s struggled to find the net – or even produce a decent attempt at scoring other than an attempt that was ruled offside before he’d even netted the ball.
Our next three games, leading us to the end of the 2017 year are against Sheffield United – who have shocked the Footballing League with their current form, Brentford, who we struggled massively against earlier in the season, and Bristol City who we scuppered a draw against towards the end of August.
The three games that we’ll see out what hasn’t really been a year to remember with are going to be incredibly tough and it will be interesting to see what tactical masterclass Steve Bruce can produce when they eventually roll around.
The question is though, can Adomah set the footballing leagues on fire once more this December? Or have the cold, snowy conditions put him out?
Of course, you have to consider the tactics that Bruce employs and whether or not this has any effect on Adomah’s playing style or position – or whether the expectation from fans is got to him.
As well as this, it’s important to remember that Adomah is a winger and not an out-and-out forward, and 10 goals for a winger is more than expected.
At the moment, Albert had had 27 shots, 16 of which have been on target, and 10 of which have struck the back of the net. It’s impossible to complain when he’s not scored for three games, and this article isn’t berating him for doing so.
Albert also has the third lowest minutes per goal in the Championship’s top twenty-five scorers at the moment, at 143 per goal, sitting only behind Sunderland’s Lewis Grabban at 135 and Derby’s Matej Vydra at 99 minutes per goal.
From the stats, it looks as if he might end up being a messiah this month and help us return to winning ways after two points from a possible nine so far this month.