Paul Merson said on the Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News HQ on Saturday afternoon that every struggling side should look at the example Tony Pulis has set at West Bromwich Albion.
The Baggies made a slow start to the season, but prior to their weekend defeat against Leicester City, they recorded back-to-back 1-0 victories.
Merson said that the mentality which Pulis showed in these fixtures has proved that he is a quality manager.
“I think managers have to look at Tony Pulis. He’s a pure, top draw manager,” the former Arsenal midfielder said.
“He was on the ropes and people were looking at West Brom three weeks’ ago thinking ‘they’re going to get relegated’.
“And then they go bang – clean-sheet and Sunderland, clean-sheet at Norwich. Thanks for coming, we’re half way up the table.
“And that’s what you’ve got to look at and have the bottle to have what Tony Pulis does, and put 10 men behind the ball at home to win a game 1-0. “
West Brom have looked very secure throughout the campaign so far, and they have kept plenty of clean sheets.
However, they will want to put their latest 3-2 defeat to Leicester to the back of their minds, as they look to build on a decent foundation which they have built for themselves this term.
The Baggies may still not be particularly flowing going forward, but they have moved away from trouble and currently sit in 12th place in the Premier League table.
Pulis’s side’s next match comes against Manchester United, and if they can grab an unlikely victory at Old Trafford, they could move into the top half.