Pulis: ‘Difficult’ to find place for club-record £13million signing

Date published: Friday 25th November 2016 1:42

Tony Pulis: Has selection headache

Head coach Tony Pulis thinks club-record signing Nacer Chadli will struggle to get back into his rampant West Brom team.

The Belgium international has been a revelation since his £13million move to The Hawthorns from Tottenham at the end of the summer transfer window, scoring four goals and providing two assists in seven matches for the club.

He underwent minor knee surgery prior to the international break and West Brom have won both games in his absence, defeating Premier League champions Leicester away before beating Burnley 4-0 on Monday night.

Chadli has resumed training and could be back in contention for Saturday’s trip to Hull but Pulis has hinted he might not change a winning team.

“We’ve got one or two little knocks after Monday night and we’re still waiting on Chadli, we’ll make a late decision on him about whether we take him up or leave him for the Watford game,” said Pulis.

“Generally after the game most of the lads are fine. Obviously the injury to Bo (Boaz Myhill) was disappointing – his ankle – he won’t be in the squad again and he won’t travel.

“I can’t wait to get Chadli in the team but at the moment I don’t think he can get in there. They’ve played so well it’s difficult to find a place for him.

“He trained yesterday and he trained very well. It’s nice to have that problem.

“We played very well as a team on Monday. People have picked out individuals and that’s always the case but the team played well and looked like a team. The last couple of games have been very good.”

Pulis is already looking ahead to the January transfer window when he hopes to strengthen his squad with more signings of the quality of Chadli.

He said: “That’s the calibre of player we should be trying to get. We’ll be looking to bring in one or two in the window because it”s important that people realise we want to move forward, we want to push on.

“Although we’ve had a decent start, there’s lots of things that we want to put right. Now is the time, hopefully, that we’ll get an opportunity to strengthen again.

“That’s what we’ve got to carry on doing if we possibly can.”

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