Pulis offers his opinion on Palace's season so far

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis is not surprised to see his old side, Crystal Palace, performing well.

Tony Pulis has told the Daily Star that he is not surprised by Crystal Palace's success this season, due to the quality of their squad.

The Eagles have soared since Alan Pardew's arrival and are now in 11th place in the Premier League table, with their current success catching many people off guard.

Pulis, though, always thought that Palace were capable of scaling such heights, as he saw the quality in their squad during his time in charge.

“They are doing fine. I was surprised they didn’t get off to a good start," he said. “They’ve spent £30m this year on players to add to a squad that finished 11th last year.

“So, is it any surprise they are doing well now? No, not at all. If you look at the facts - a group of players were left behind and are still there. And both managers have added to it.

“They’ve made the group stronger. It’s no surprise to me and Alan is a really good manager.”

Pulis did a brilliant job at Selhurst Park last season, but will be plotting his old club's demise this weekend.

The 57-year-old is currently in charge of West Bromwich Albion and will realise that he needs to get the Midland club's season back on track.

Albion seemed to be heading in the right direction when Pulis initially took over, but they have been poor of late and are yet to secure their Premier League status.

A win over Palace would likely ensure that they avoided relegation this season, but doing so will be easier said than done.

Palace have been in brilliant form under Pardew and after wins against Manchester City and Sunderland in their most recent fixtures, they will be full of confidence heading into the weekend encounter.

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