How would West Bromwich Albion cope in the Premier League next season?

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

Survival almost secure, it's hard not to see the Baggies kicking on in the Premier League next season.

It looks as though they will retain their Premier League status for another season, though you won't hear head coach Tony Pulis saying anything like that. He won't be tempting fate or letting any complacency creep in. 

But given their current position in the table - in 14th place and eight points clear of the relegation zone - it's hard to envisage the Baggies not securing enough points to ensure they will be in the top flight next season. 

Next season, unlike in the past few seasons, could be the time when they really do kick on. Since their return to the top flight in 2010 in every season barring the 2012/13 campaign under Steve Clarke, West Brom's position in the league has looked very uncomfortable at times.

But now they have a man at the helm who is very experienced at consolidating a side's position in the top flight. Having made a couple of signings in the January transfer window, he knows that a combination of younger players and the more experienced professionals is needed as he tries to maintain his side's current status at the very least, while the younger players could be assets in the long term in order to help the side improve it's standing. 

Unlike Alan Irvine and Pepe Mel before him, Pulis knows the Premier League inside out. He transformed Stoke City and established them in the top flight, turning the Britannia Stadium into one of the most feared grounds to go to in the league for visiting teams.

Then he did it at Crystal Palace when they looked to be in all sorts of trouble. Their survival was so emphatic that they were dreaming of a top half finish towards the end of the campaign as he organised the side to be solid at the back, and to carry enough pace and penetration going forward to give side's problems - and with the players currently at West Brom's disposal, it wouldn't be a surprise to see that kind of side developed more and more at The Hawthorns. 

It's hard to see them not comfortably surviving, and there is the possibility of another decent cup run in there. 

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