After leaving Stoke, Tony Pulis had developed a reputation as the man to turn to when your team was in danger of relegation. Pulis knows exactly how to whip a team into shape and keep them up in the top flight but West Brom fans are wondering how far beyond that his expertise stretches.
The Baggies reached the magical 40 point mark in the Premier League quicker last season than at any other time in their history but after beating Arsenal 3-1 at home in March they failed to win any of their following nine games.
It was almost as if the team had no idea what to do after their safety was assured.
The fans at the Hawthorns were more than a little restless after such a poor end to the season. The general feeling around the club was to question whether or not it is acceptable to simply go into the new season hoping to remain in the division. Isn’t there more to football than that?
Under Pulis there is next to no chance of West Brom getting relegated this season but it will be interesting to see how long the fans are content to continue down the path that he is taking them.
West Brom used to be the archetypical yo-yo club. They seemed to be trapped as one of the best teams in the Championship but not good enough for the Premier League. That is no longer the case as their odds of 6/1 with Paddy Power to be relegated show you.
But there is little hope of the Baggies doing anything other than remaining in the top flight this season.
Teams all over the Premier League have been spending big money to improve their squads over the summer and the current crop of players at West Brom don’t inspire you with confidence that they will be able to improve at the same pace as the competition.
There’s also the feeling that many of the big clubs are full of powerful, strong players and that the physical approach of Pulis is only going to go so far.
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