Why the Pulis way will always guarantee survival for West Brom

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis's style of football has gained some critics over the years, but there is no doubting its effectiveness.

Under Tony Pulis, West Bromwich Albion have been subject to the same form of criticism that was directed at his former club Stoke City. That includes being called boring, too defensive, slow and generally initiating a "park the bus" mentality. Sort of like using the same move over and over again in a video game.

But regardless, one thing you cannot deny is how effective the methods of Pulis can be.

For someone who was not expected to amount to the highest level, the 58-year-old gaffer has forged a string of successful seasons with both the Potters and the Baggies over the years.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

Momentum is so key in the modern game given the amount of quality on display, and the way in which Pulis teams play does not give the opposition any chance to build any.

Their early surges towards goal are thwarted and the longer the game goes on, the more frustrating it can be.

Grinding out results is vital in the Premier League and that is what this style allows you to do.

Hitting an unfocused, goal-hungry team on the counter has been extremely successful for the Welshman at Stoke and West Brom, and he has even added a splash of quality here and there to balance things out.

The sides who come up against Pulis tend to experience the equivalent of slipping into quicksand, as their bombarding runs forward and heaps of talent become worthless.

Whether you like him or you don't, the man creates a certain composure that will always ensure survival from relegation.

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