Yannick Bolasie has lauded Tony Pulis' impact at Crystal Palace, insisting that the 56-year-old should be in contention for the Manager of the Year award, despite Brendan Rodgers' incredible season in charge of Liverpool.
When Pulis took over at Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace were second from bottom, with seven points from 12 games. Nobody fancied The Eagles to beat the drop – not even their own fans – but the former Stoke coach had never been relegated in 21 years as a manager and sought to sustain that run.
With five wins in their last six games, Palace now sit second in the Premier League form table behind league leaders Liverpool. For Bolasie, that is reason enough for him to be considered alongside the likes of Rogers and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho for the post-season accolades.
He told GiveMeSport: "The job that he has done has definitely put him in contention. Obviously what Brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho have done is fabulous as well, but Tony has been great."
The Congolese winger also praised the former Stoke manager's ability to mould Palace into a team, and extract the best out all of his players.
"I couldn't say exactly what Pulis has done differently to turn things around. He's worked on the shape of the team and us playing as a unit, and obviously looked at the strengths we have, putting them together and combining everything."
Pulis demands a strong work ethic from his players, something that Bolasie had no issue accepting.
"When Tony first came I was worried about how I would fit in, but I realised that I do work hard and that's what he wants from his wingers, to work up and down consistently .I didn't really have a problem with that because I had played enough games and I was fitter and I could do it."
Crystal Palace are within touching distance of a top-half finish, resting one point shy of 10th-placed Stoke City. Pulis would no doubt love to put one over his previous employers but will have his work cut out when Liverpool face the Londoners on the weekend.
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