Report: West Brom man explains why Tony Pulis needs to act quickly

West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley has told the local press that the club need to move quickly in the January transfer market.

Gareth McAuley has told the Birmingham Mail that West Bromwich Albion are looking to ‘bet bodies through the door’.

The defender believes that Tony Pulis needs to act quickly, with the fixtures coming ‘thick and fast’.

The Baggies have made a positive start to life under their new boss, with victories secured over Gateshead and Hull City in FA Cup and Premier League competition.

Extra bodies are being sought, though, to help carry the burden through to the end of the campaign - with Pulis admitting as much to the Express and Star.

West Brom remain just two points clear of the relegation zone and could yet find themselves stuck in a basement battle.

McAuley believes fresh faces would help to lift spirits, but admits they need to offer something different to those already on the books.

He told the Birmingham Mail: “We would definitely welcome that (new faces). Everybody wants the best for the club and we need help.

“We need players there to make us better and if the gaffer feels that needs to happen, everybody will be fully supportive of it. Hopefully we can get bodies through the door and the sooner the better because games are coming thick and fast.”

West Brom have three more games to come in January, and four of their next six in all competitions are due to be staged on the road.

Additions would help to carry tired legs through to the close of the campaign, with it important for Pulis to be able to freshen things up.

He is, however, still new to his post and will not want to rush into any decisions.

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