It hasn’t been a good season for West Bromwich Albion so far but their manager, Tony Pulis, insisted that it was mainly caused by the enormous number of injuries and he defended his side.
Despite signing a few new player in the summer transfer window, Pulis’ side managed to win just two of their first 11 Premier League matches and they are placed 16th, just a point above the relegation zone. And there are two tough matches ahead – against Chelsea and against Tottenham so Pulis’ job is considered to be really insecure.
The experienced manager spoke about the previous successful season as he said, according to Sky Sports: “Last year we were one result worse off than we are this year (at this stage). We stayed eighth more than any other position last year and ended up finishing 10th. It was only the third time in the club’s history that this club has finished 10th in the Premier League and it is only the second time since 1967 that this club has finished top Midlands club.”
He also made a comment about this year’s unsuccessful campaign: “We have been unfortunate,” he said. “(Nacer) Chadli, (James) Morrison and (Oliver) Burke are all players who can create and score – and we have not had them. Like every other team, if you don’t have your best players, especially at the top end of the pitch, you are going to struggle. People say the football has been boring – the last two home games at The Hawthorns have seen nine goals scored (2-3 v Man City, 2-2 v Watford).”
Pulis talked about his position as it appeared to be in jeopardy: “If the club decide what they decide, I have got a great respect for everybody at the football club, from the supporters to the chairman, to the board. It is just life, it is the way it is. If you don’t get results, then you are under pressure.”