Claudio Yacob reintroduction has been key to West Brom's resurgence under Tony Pulis

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The Argentine was not a feature under previous boss Alan Irvine.

In the summer it looked as though the end was nigh for Claudio Yacob's West Bromwich Albion career. The Argentine had lost favour with Alan Irvine and when he did play his performances were sub-par - especially for those Baggies fans who knew how good a player he can be.

In August of last year, before the season even started, it looked like he could be on his way out. Irvine was clearly not enamoured with the player and told The Mirror that he could 'possibly' leave the club.

But since Irvine left and Tony Pulis took over Yacob has been reborn.

Yacob was banished from the side after a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in November, in which he got sent off after 29 minutes.

Pulis took over on the 1st January and Yacob has played in all nine games since. Even more incredible, West Brom have only lost once in those nine games.

Under Irvine

  PositionTeamTotal PassTouchesPoss Won Mid 3rdWon TackleInterceptionAppearancesMins Played
Claudio Yacob MF West Brom 52 63 2 1 3 5 70

Under Pulis

  PositionTeamTotal PassTouchesPoss Won Mid 3rdWon TackleInterceptionAppearancesMins Played
Claudio Yacob MF West Brom 229 315 20 13 9 7 563

Yacob got a bad reputation earlier in the season for his attitude and the way he seemingly sulked around under the management of Irvine. Now, under Pulis, he is without doubt one of, if not the, first name on the team-sheet week in and week out.

It is a fantastic turnaround for a player whose contract expires in the summer. Continue like this, and Pulis will be begging him to sign an extension.

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