Tony Pulis claims West Brom's Jonathan Leko reminds him of Yannick Bolasie

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

Tony Pulis has compared West Brom teenager Jonathan Leko to Crystal Palace ace Yannick Bolasie.

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis has told the Express and Star that he thinks Jonathan Leko is similar to Crystal Palace star Yannick Bolasie.

The Baggies slipped to a 3-0 defeat to West Ham United on Saturday afternoon, meaning it's now just two points from seven games for Pulis' men.

If there was one bright spot from the West Ham defeat - and there may only have been one - it was the performance of teenage forward Jonathan Leko.

The 17-year-old had earned comparisons to Sadio Berahino having moved to England from DR Congo as a child (Berahino moved from Burundi) and then come up through the ranks with West Brom, scoring goals in their youth and reserve teams.

Leko had made substitute appearances for West Brom, but on Saturday, he was handed his first Premier League start out on the right hand side of midfield, despite predominantly being a striker.

Early on, Leko used his power and pace to terrorise the West Ham defence, and he was also willing to pull off of a number of tricks and flicks, showing no sign of nervousness in his first start.

Baggies fans came away impressed with what they had seen from Leko, and it seems that manager Pulis was also pleased with the teenager's performance.

Pulis spoke to the Express and Star about Leko's display, and compared him to Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie thanks to his 'raw pace and talent' - and Pulis is well-placed to know, having worked with Bolasie at Palace.

"I thought he was fantastic. I think he's a bit similar to (Yannick) Bolasie at Palace," said Pulis. "He has raw pace and talent and does things that are so instinctive. The kid could be a good player but he needs to learn the game and be put with professional people," he added.

It's a huge comparison to one of the Premier League's outstanding players, and West Brom fans would surely be ecstatic if Leko becomes the next Bolasie during his time at The Hawthorns.

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