West Brom are sitting comfortably mid-table after 13 games played, but that has not stopped Tony Pulis telling the Express and Star that he wants to sign some players in the January transfer window.
He said: “We need a little bit more down the sides of the pitch. A little bit more most probably in midfield. We certainly need a full-back that can give us the quality that we want and put in the effort and commitment that the lads put in, at this moment.”
A new wide midfielder and full-back are the two positions that Pulis is looking at bringing to the Hawthorns in January.
Considering Pulis can already call upon some talented wingers, that seems a misguided potential signing, although the need for a new full-back is evident.
Chris Brunt has spent the entire season playing at left-back, and although he has developed into a solid and dependable choice, there are still days when he can be completely overrun by a top class winger - when he played against Wilfried Zaha of Arsenal comes to mind.
His delivery of the ball is his best strength, and there is still a sense that Brunt is better suited to playing in midfield than defence.
With Pulis casting Sebastien Pocognoli out of his first-team plans, there is no recognised back-up left-back for Brunt, and the manager would do well to sign a natural left-sided full-back to make his squad a far more all-round set-up.