Tuesday 24 April 2018

Pulis calls for squad reinforcements

West Brom 1 Bournemouth 0

West Bromwich Albion's Jake Livermore (left) and AFC Bournemouth's Marc Pugh battle for the ball Photo: PA
West Bromwich Albion's Jake Livermore (left) and AFC Bournemouth's Marc Pugh battle for the ball Photo: PA

Sean Taylor

West Brom made a winning start to the new Premier League campaign but head coach Tony Pulis insists he needs more players - and quickly.

Albion made three new signings during the close season with Jay Rodriguez, Zhang Yuning and Ahmed Hegazi arriving at The Hawthorns but Pulis still wants as many as five more additions to swell numbers in his squad.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis Photo: PA
West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis Photo: PA

Rodriguez and Hegazi made their debuts at home to Bournemouth yesterday and both impressed as Hegazi's header gave West Brom a 1-0 victory.

Sam Field, 19, started the match while fellow teenagers Rekeem Harper and Kane Wilson were on the bench, with Harper replacing Field after 70 minutes.

Pulis thinks the strain on his squad will become too much without more options. "We need to get some players in and we need to get some players in quickly," said Pulis. "Sam Field lasted an hour and was fantastic today and then we bring Rek (Harper) on, another 17-year-old.

"We need more players in - good players. Everyone around the club is waiting for them to come in."

West Bromwich Albion's Hal Robson-Kanu has a shot on target Photo: PA
West Bromwich Albion's Hal Robson-Kanu has a shot on target Photo: PA

Even the second-half introduction of Jermain Defoe could not help the Cherries find a breakthrough and the closest they came to a goal was Benik Afobe's first-half header which flashed narrowly wide.

"I think when you come here there's a sort of predictability about what kind of game you'll face. But even though there is that predictability, you've still got to find a way to win and we didn't do well enough in possession," said Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.

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