Forward-thinking Pulis looks to summer window

Date published: Saturday 2nd April 2016 7:13

Tony Pulis: Wants to strengthen forward line

Tony Pulis: Wants to strengthen forward line

Tony Pulis admitted he will look to strengthen his attacking options this summer after West Brom secured a 0-0 draw at Sunderland.

Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster was the star of the show for the travelling Baggies, who survival a second-half siege from the hosts to bank a hard-earned point.

Jermain Defoe, Fabio Borini, Lee Cattermole and Jan Kirchhoff were all denied by the Baggies number one, who used every part of his body to keep the Black Cats at bay.

But there was little to entertain the travelling fans, despite Pulis selecting two strikers in Saido Berahino and Salomon Rondon.

West Brom failed to register a shot on target in a league game for the seventh time this season, while Sunderland had seven of 22 shots on target.

Teenager Jonathan Leko made his Premier League debut for Albion, replacing Berahino, but failed to trouble the home defence.

And after steering his side to the magical 40-point total, Pulis revealed he wants to beef up his strikeforce in the summer transfer window.

The Albion manager said: “Hopefully [in the summer] we’ll be able to bring a few players that will give us a little bit more going forward.

“I was concerned today, I think the players thought we were safe – but we showed that wherever we go, we’re West Bromwich Albion and we give a performance.

“We must never lose that doggedness that I love as a coach.”

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    Simon Wilkes
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    Tony Pulis admitted he will look to strengthen his attacking options this summer after West Brom secured a 0-0 draw at Sunderland.

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    Ronniesok
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    What’s the point, unless Messi and Ronaldo are coming the incomings unless central defenders won’t get a ruddy game anyway. Blokes a Clown and the sooner we are rid the better, I’ve lost total and utter interest in my beloved Albion cus watching them is tedious to say the the least. I even chose decorating over the last home game, I’m not alone and if he’s here next season there will be a mass exodus on the terraces I’m sure.

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    sarky parky
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    I think the Clown’s “attacking” strategy might well defeat even Messi and Ronaldo. One of them, I’m sure, would be playing left-back. We have now become – for some time actually – the least attractive team in the …er… Premiership (I nearly said the country). And you’re right, Ronnie. Decorating, gardening, clearing out the shed, all preferable to the activity I spent most of my life clamouring to experience. I suppose the Villa are in a worse position – obviously some massive changes are going to happen there. My worry is that JP won’t see that massive change is needed with us as well. With Pulis, next season will be the same old, same old. It will be a scramble with all defensive options manned to get the magic 40 points, totally ignoring what Leicester, West Ham and Southampton are achieving by raising their sights.

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    Northwich Baggie
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    I reckon Ronaldo would do a good job at LB. He’s quick and tall. Trouble is he’d probably keep wandering off up the pitch and TP wouldn’t have that!

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    sludgy
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    What are the realistic options with regards other managers?? I want the clown out as much as anyone – How can we fail to register a single shot on target against 2 relegation troubled teams, 2 weeks running. He has ample ‘attacking’ options in the squad, but refuses to use them, so whats all this b*llsh*t about looking in the summer. Think he’s trying to save his job by saying this. If he meant it he would of attacked Sunderland yesterday.

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    Ronniesok
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    Sludgy, there are options out there for the Clowns post, Brendan Rodgers, Nigel Pearson, Gary Monk, Gary Rowett all to name a few. My preferred choice would be Rodgers if we could get him. Plays the game in the right manner and is free to boot, wasn’t the disaster most have said regards his time at Liverpool, his biggest problem was replacing Suarez of which he failed to do hence his final departure, a club of our stature thou suits his management style I think and would thrive here, Gary Monk also a great shout I think. To be honest I’d take Mr Bean over the joke we have at the moment.

    #946451

    Northwich Baggie
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    Rodgers is reportedly returning to Swansea so I doubt if we’d get him. I don’t fancy either Pearson or Monk and Rowett is under contract so would cost which wouldn’t be to JP’s liking! There aren’t any ‘free’ managers out there that jump out to me but there might be one or two available at the end of the season when contracts finish. I’d quite like to see a German coach/manager. There are one or two in the Bundesliga who’ve done well on a much lower budget than us and whose teams play attractive attacking football similar to the days of the ‘Three Degrees’. We won’t get a Klopp or his successor who’s even better but there are those of mid table teams who’d suit us.

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    I think the case of Hodgson is illustrative. At the end of one season he was named “manager of the year” having achieved the impossible and saved Fulham from relegation. He then moved to a club where expectations were massive and patience in very short supply – and got the boot. Then he moved on to us and again had to cope with limited expectation – and did so brilliantly. The rest as they say is history but if he hadn’t moved on, we would by now be I’m sure in the position that Southampton and West Ham find themselves. Yes Hodgson tightened our defence which had been very vulnerable under Mowbray and Di Matteo, but he didn’t do so by removing all that is good about football from our repertoire. So let’s keep that in mind. Do we want to survive in the Premiership? Of course we do. Do we want to survive at the expense of everything that is good about football and has been good about supporting the Baggies down the ages. A hundred times no!

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    Your last four sentences sum things up for me and probably most if not all true baggies supporters. We’d like to be in the Prem but not at the expense of football. It can be done just look at Leicester, Soton, Stoke, Bournemouth and Watford. They pay less than us and don’t spend a fortune on players and in the case of the last two don’t have money to spend. Interestingly, only one of them has a British manager!

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