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Baggies boss envious of Stoke


Tony Pulis Photo:PA

Tony Pulis Photo:PA

Tony Pulis Photo:PA

West Brom boss Tony Pulis is envious of former club Stoke's embarrassment of riches.

The Baggies boss has been impressed by the Potters and Mark Hughes' squad building ahead of today's game at The Hawthorns.

Pulis managed Stoke between 2002 and 2005, before returning 12 months later for a seven-year stay.

Hughes succeeded him in 2013 and, having guided the Potters to ninth last term, has them 10th this season, just one point off the top six.

"When you look at the three (forwards) they're playing and then you look at the bench - (Mame Biram) Diouf's not playing, (Peter) Crouch is not playing (Jonathan) Walters is not playing" Pulis told a press conference. "You go on and on and on. They've got a real strong squad. They finished in the top 10 last year and have added to that. They've put a strong squad together so we know it will be a tough game. I look forward to it, hosting my former club - results have shown than this year there's not a big a gap as their normally is."

The Baggies will assess Jonas Olsson and Victor Anichebe's hamstring woes while Salomon Rondon and James McClean serve the final game of their bans, meaning Saido Berahino could start after eight straight games as a substitute.