West Brom

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Star man Jonny Evans

Tony Pulis has utilised his con­nec­tions at Manchester United to ex­cel­lent ef­fect, with Scot­land in­ter­na­tional Dar­ren Fletcher the heart­beat of the team. Evans has been in­de­fati­ga­ble, show­ing such con­sis­tency that it re­mains a mys­tery why United let him go.

What went right

Tony Pulis de­tests his rep­u­ta­tion as the Bear Grylls of man­age­ment but vir­tu­ally guar­an­tees Premier League safety year af­ter year. While huge clubs such as New­cas­tle and Villa have suf­fered rel­e­ga­tion, West Brom have never looked in danger and that is tes­ti­mony to Pulis.

What went wrong?

Ber­ahino ef­fec­tively went AWOL af­ter his move to Spurs was blocked last sum­mer and Pulis had to pick up the pieces. It was not un­til Fe­bru­ary that the striker fi­nally cleared his head and it cast a dark cloud over Al­bion’s sea­son. Pulis’s tac­tics were also tar­geted by sup­port­ers.

Lame duck Rickie Lam­bert

His £3 mil­lion move from Liver­pool was sup­posed to re­vive his ca­reer but he has again found first-team op­por­tu­ni­ties lim­ited. Even Saido Ber­ahino’s lack of fo­cus ear­lier in the sea­son failed to give Lam­bert the plat­form to make a name for


What’s the ver­dict on Tony Pulis?

Pulis’s fu­ture has be­come un­cer­tain in re­cent months but all the signs are that he will stay, at least for the fi­nal year of his con­tract. He has de­liv­ered ex­actly what Al­bion have re­quired and is now keen to fire up his squad with fast, at­tack­ing play­ers.

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