Jason Roberts pinpoints a potential problem for West Brom boss Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

West Bromwich Albion secured a 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.

Former striker Jason Roberts feels West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis could be in danger of becoming almost too resolute and wearisome at the Hawthorns, the BBC report.

The Baggies secured a 2-2 draw at Liverpool at Anfield, a result which leaves them in 13th position, six points above the drop zone and looking relatively comfortable.

Pulis is a renowned tactician in the Premier League, previously achieving great success at Stoke City and Crystal Palace using a mixture of excellent defensive organisation and attentiveness.

There is very little danger in West Brom going down this season, the club’s primary objective. But the danger of Pulis’s style and approach is that it has limits, with flair and panache subsidised.

Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live, Roberts worries that fans could become bored at the Hawthorns.

"I think Tony Pulis has done an excellent job at West Brom. You know what he’s about. The danger is people get bored with West Brom being 13th,” he explained.

"There will be no issues of them staying in the league under Pulis. If he had Saido Berahino at the top of his game, where would they be?”

Pulis’s success at West Brom can be illustrated by the club’s defensive record, keeping an impressive six clean sheets this season and more than any other top-flight club throughout 2015.

But when you look at the improvements made at Palace and Stoke and the flair players on show – Yohan Cabaye, Yannick Bolasie, Bojan Krkic, Xherdan Shaqiri – will West Brom fans want the same?

Pulis’s record in the Premier League is impressive in terms of what he offers, yet it has limits and it’s not often any of his sides ever come close to breaching the top eight.

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