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West Bromwich Albion have been labelled by some as a direct, counterattacking team.
That's not a fair assessment of a good outfit in excellent form—they're much more than a long ball up to Shane Long with a "see what happens" kind of attitude.
The Albion average the fourth lowest possession percentage per game with 43.1—a figure lower than the likes of Aston Villa, Sunderland and West Ham—but that doesn't paint the entire picture.
Their intricate buildup play in tight areas is as good as you'll see, and rather than calling them direct, you should use the word "incisive" instead.
How many West Brom attacks are long, drawn-out affairs involving 20 passes? None. They get it down with three or four moves. Ruthless.