Tony Pulis claims he can't remember having a tougher job

West Brom manager Tony Pulis before the match

He has comprehensive experience in management after 24 years in the game, but is this set to be Tony Pulis' biggest challenge to date?

It's been a frustrating summer for West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis, who has certainly struggled on the transfer front, leading to cause for concern as we enter the last weeks of the window.

Pulis has made the fewest summer signings out of the whole Premier League with Matt Phillips being the Baggies' single recruit from Queens Park Rangers.

QPR's Matt Phillips celebrates scoring their first goal

The club's takeover has been a topic of conversation for many with Jeremy Peace tying up a deal with 42 year-old Chinese businessman Guochuan Lai to take control of the club, so a spending spree could be imminent.

It's been a very frustrating window for the club with constant speculation around striker Saido Berahino - a host of clubs such as Crystal Palace and Stoke City have expressed their interest, although Pulis keen to keep the player.

Additionally, the club's hopes of bringing in targets like Jeffrey Schlupp have thus far been unsuccessful and an early pursuit of Christian Benteke looks unlikely to come to anything as numerous Premier League sides are showing indications that they may be looking at the player.

Everton's Darron Gibson concedes a penalty against  Leicester's Jeffrey Schlupp

Speaking ahead of West Brom's opening game of the season at their, Pulis expressed the need for fresh faces if they're to have a successful season, as quoted by the Express and Star.

"We know have only two weeks to try and get players in who we desperately need," Pulis said.

"We are well behind in the game in that respect, we do need to start getting on the front foot the club has been stagnate for a while. New owners you hope and pray that they'll be the backing that will push this club on.

"We've got players in mind, a lot of players we're interested in, we need five players in I think personally and that will be a tough task with only two weeks to go.

"It's probably been as difficult a club to manage as I've ever had in a long time." 

A need for freshness at the club is evident but can Tony Pulis work his magic with a late surge of transfer activity before it's too late?

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