There has been a lot of talk recently, especially amongst West Brom fans, that Tony Pulis is not the man to lead them on to greater things. The truth is though, that most of these critics are just simply disappointed with the club’s lack of transfer activity during the summer window and are taking those frustrations out on the manager. It seems that not even breaking the club’s transfer record in signing Nacer Chadli from Spurs or signing Wales’ Euro 2016 hero Hal Robson-Kanu was enough to please the majority of Baggies supporters.
However, it wasn’t his fault that he couldn’t get the players signed, in fact, he himself stated that he needed four or five players in in the transfer window, but very few managed to materialise over the course of two months.
Pulis has been criticesd by many for his tactics, with the type of football that he sets his team out to play being descirbed as “boring” and “ineffective” by fans and pundits alike. I happen to disagree with the ineffective label though, as whilst the tactics may seem boring at times, they did work well in some big matches last season, with the club managing to beat the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal and draw twice against Spurs and Liverpool. Pulis also led them to 14th in the league and whilst that was one place below their 2014/15 finish, they still managed to avoid the drop comfortably, which one would imagine was their target for the campaign.
The manager has quite rightly stuck to the philosophy that saw him turn former club Stoke City into a force to be reckoned with, guiding them into the Premier League and gradually into the top of half of the table, where they have pretty much still remained since his exit. He was accused of playing the long ball and using overly physical tactics at time, but either way his side knew how to get three points.
In my opinion, West Brom should give Pulis at least a little bit more time, as he always seems to know what to do with his squads, even if their are no stand out players within them. You never know, if he can motivate the likes of Chadli, Rondon and Phillips to give it their all and bring in a few signings in January, then the club may just finish higher than they did last season. There are quite a few clubs that are worse off than them, and I believe that the fans should be grateful for what they currently have, a manager who has Premier League experience and is most likely to keep them safe from relegation.