West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has spoken to Sky Sports about his desire to bring young talent to the Hawthorns over the summer, in a bid to balance out the average age of his experienced squad.
The Baggies have just tied down veterans Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley to new deals, and Pulis explained how he will be recruiting younger players following a meeting with club scouts:
"I don't think the age mix is right at the moment. We had a big meeting with the scouting chaps yesterday in respect of looking for younger talent. We have got to balance it a bit better than this year. I think we've got one of the oldest squads in the Premier League."
The Midlands outfit have received criticism from pundits and fans alike this season for their negative approach to games, and an injection of youth could be exactly what they need to galvanise and rejuvenate their ageing squad.
The former Stoke City manager talked up the importance of keeping his more experienced players, however, referring to the new deals handed to Olsson and McAuley:
"With Jonas and Gareth now signing we've got a good backbone going into next season. Now we need to go for younger, more athletic, talented players, to go straight into the first team."
The Baggies have been in mid-table for much of the campaign, and have all but assured their Premier league survival for another season.
West Brom host Watford tomorrow, with both clubs looking to move a step closer to mathematically ensuring their survival.