Tony Pulis has spoken in the Birmingham Mail of his desire to see Claudio Yacob do a similar job for West Bromwich Albion as Mile Jedinak does at Crystal Palace.
Pulis has now worked with both, with a return to Premier League management made at The Hawthorns after walking away from a post at Selhurst Park prior to the 2014/15 campaign getting underway.
Yacob was out of favour at the Baggies under Alan Irvine, with competitive minutes thin on the ground and a red card against Chelsea doing his cause few favours.
He has, however, been drafted straight back in by Pulis and has helped to secure back-to-back clean sheets against Hull City and Everton.
The Argentine has some way to go before he can claim to be of similar value as Jedinak, but he is cut from the same cloth and can be a ‘solid citizen’ for West Brom in an important midfield holding role.
Pulis said in the Birmingham Mail: “He sits in front of the two centre halves and he knows that position. We had a lad at Palace – Mile Jedinak – who did exactly the same for us.
“Claudio is a good lad. He knows the position and it’s nice to work with him. He’s a solid citizen.
“I saw him play when my teams at Stoke played against Albion and former managers always played him. They always played him and Youssouf Mulumbu sat in there and the two of them did very good jobs in there to help the other players.
“If you look at Chris Brunt, Craig Gardner, James Morrison and Graham Dorrans, they are more forward-thinking players so you need to get the balance right.”
|Team||Total Tackle GAME||Won Tackle GAME||Outfielder Block GAME||Duel Won GAME||Interception GAME||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Mile Jedinak||C. Palace||3.56||2.83||0.72||9.28||3.78||18||1,617|
|Claudio Yacob||West Brom||1.29||0.86||0.29||2.43||0.86||7||250|
Yacob will have some rustiness to shake off and also has a number of experienced performers alongside him to help carry the load.
He will, however, have a vital role to play over the remainder of the season as the Baggies look to remain a tough nut to crack.