West Brom boss Tony Pulis discusses why he's sure James Chester will impress at the Hawthorns

The former Hull City defender is a major signing for the Baggies, having joined for a large fee this summer.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis has been discussing some of the qualities he feels new signing James Chester possesses in the Birmingham Mail, as well as revealing one of the reasons he is so certain he'll be a success after joining from Hull City for what BBC Sport reported to be an £8 million fee.

Chester is by far the Baggies most expensive defensive signing ever, costing nearly three times more than the next dearest defensive purchase made by the Midlands outfit. In fact, the Wales international is possibly the club's second highest transfer ever taking into account undisclosed fees, after striker Ideye Brown's move for a reported £10 million from Dynamo Kiev (according to the Mail).

Aside from a brief purple patch midway through the season, Brown struggled to convince in his first season at the Hawthorns, but Pulis has batted away any worries that Chester will struggle to make an impression after a similarly costly transfer.

“James is a good player. He can improve as well,” Pulis is quoted as saying in the Mail.

“I’ve spoken to Steve Bruce who feels he is a very good defender.

"Steve Bruce knows about defending. So we’re pleased to have him and he’s a really good lad, a talented boy but a good professional.”

Bruce of course was a star defender as Sir Alex Ferguson turned Manchester United into the dominant side in the country, and is often labelled one of the best players to never be capped by England.

Chester has five seasons of first team action at the KC Stadium under his belt, the last two of which have been in the Premier League.

Both Pulis and Bruce clearly rate the 26-year-old, and considering their place as two of British football's most established managers, Baggies fans should be confident that they will be impressed by their new man in the near future. 

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