West Brom’s performance in their 2-0 win at QPR underlined their status as one of the Championship’s heavyweights.
They were the better side in a scrappy first half and took control in the second once Nathan Ferguson’s fine goal put them ahead.
Albion have a real gem in Ferguson. The 18-year-old left-back is defensively sound, eager to get forward and looks destined for a bright future.
And although Charlie Austin, playing against his former club, was unable to find his first league goal for the Baggies, they pose a real threat going forward.
While West Brom are the real deal, QPR are not – yet.
Rangers, who had won their previous four games, have youthful exuberance in the likes of Ebere Eze and Ilias Chair, who have looked so exciting this season but were well contained this time.
There was a clear gulf in class, highlighting that Mark Warburton’s new-look QPR side have plenty of promise but are still very much a work in progress.
Albion boss Slaven Bilic summed it up perfectly.
“They are a team that deservedly won four games, have scored many goals and could have scored more – they have everything,” he said.
“Today they were second best and that is not because they are bad, it is because we were very, very, very good.”