The Tony Pulis effect could get West Brom competing for Europe

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West Bromwich Albion have made a slow start this season but surely it won't be long before Pulis is working his magic again. After the narrow defeat to Chelsea, can West Brom turn around their fortunes and grab a Europa League spot this season?

It's definitely possible for a number of reasons.


Tony Pulis has been recognised as an impressive manager in the Barclays Premier League. His achievements at Stoke City were phenomenal, ensuring they were a well oiled unit, defensively tight with tough and rough centre backs, Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth holding up the walls to any attacks at the Britannia.


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If any of that did get through, would meet another tough test in the form of new Chelsea goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic.

He had Stoke moving up the table with each season and it looked as if they were going to get into the top six at times. Of the 333 games in charge, Pulis won 122.

At Crystal Palace he took them from bottom of the Premier League up to 11th spot in 2013 after taking over from Caretaker Manager, Keith Millen, whilst also recording five consecutive top flight wins in a row with Palace.

At West Brom he is doing the same again, making them a tough team to break down and ensuring they play good passing football that can be turned into quick attacks. Despite the defeat to Manchester City, they have battled hard in both games against Watford and current champions, Chelsea.


Last season, Pulis snapped up out of favour Darren Fletcher on a free transfer from his long term club, Manchester United and with him came vast experience of winning trophies, last-ditch winners and a winning mentality.

This was a key purchase for West Brom who can benefit hugely from this presence in the dressing room; a sentiment Pulis shares, making Fletcher club captain.

This season, he has bought young starlet Salomon Rondon in from Venezuela to bolster his attack and Jonny Evans in defence. Again, more experience comes with this big signing.

The summer transfers are a huge improvement, adding greater depth and maturity to the squad. Key components for a team pushing for a Europa League spot.


This West Brom squad is a far cry from the relegation scraping team of a few seasons ago under Steve Clarke. They look like a new energy has been instilled in them and their solidarity can help them overcome tricky obstacles throughout the season.

If Tony Pulis can keep his squad working hard and fit, he has a great chance of beating teams like Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle to those precious spots come the end of the season.

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