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Why West Bromwich Albion Must Do Everything To Get This Deal Over The Line

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Prasoon Sur
Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.

A detailed scrutiny of the scenario that has surfaced with respect to West Bromwich Albion in the last couple of seasons would give us testamentary evidence to the perception that they are a potentially successful project in the making. Without much limelight or attention, the Baggies have successfully stayed consistent in the top tier of English football for a considerable period but under the shrewd tutelage of Tony Pulis, they appear likely to bag something spectacular in the coming seasons.

Having made a move to the Hawthorns in 2015 after a short spell in the fellow Premier League club, Crystal Palace, Pulis impressed the fans and the owners alike and was made to extend his contract to 2018 in the month of October last year after the club was sold to a Chinese investment group, led by Gouchuan Lai, in September. Lai wanted continuation with the 59-year-old manager along with consistency and honestly, Pulis hasn’t let them down at all.
So far this campaign, West Brom have managed to stay aloof of the relegation fistfight once again and have collected 40 points from 27 league outings, owing to which they are placed 8th on the league table. The board’s latest interest

West Bromwich Albion's Welsh head coach Tony Pulis gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 26, 2016. / AFP / IAN KINGTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

to hand him a fresh contract makes perfect sense, for he has left no stone unturned to ensure that the Baggies keep themselves ticking along with the right results and of course, in the right direction.

Not getting stagnated in the lower half of the table as well as to remain averse to the relegation dogfight is the primary target for a club like West Brom and they have managed to fulfil these goals quite neatly under Pulis. The Welshman arrived in January 2015 and has since then guided the club to the 13th and 14th place finishes in the Premier League but with the fine nick and decent stature they are currently finding themselves in, a better season is on the cards.

In a phase where the owners are blatantly inclined to fire managers, the attitude from the Albion backroom is a welcome change and the dividends they have yielded is simply unparalleled. Pulis has unarguably made them a likeable outfit with the quality available on every frontier, has cultivated stupendous tactics and has been getting the best out what he has at his disposal.

The coming weeks should decide whether West Brom’s persistence and belief in their gaffer is going to be embraced by Pulis or not, but at the onset, this is a deal they must try to get over the line as soon as possible.

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