West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis wants the club to invest in new players despite the Baggies getting a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in their season opener.
WBA grabbed the win after a goal by Salomon Rondon, as the Venezuelan international striker found the back of the net with a header in the 74th minute. With new Chinese owners coming in, Pulis wants to add some new blood to the side as he fears the club is stagnating. WBA has only made one signing during the summer, bringing in Matt Phillips from Queens Park Rangers.
“The club has had, and still has, a lot of players who have been here for a long time,” Pulis told the Guardian.
“They’ve been fantastic players, fantastic servants, but they need competition, they need people who can play in that team and want to be in that team. That’s what this club needs.
“I’ve been here now 22 months. It’s been one of the things I’ve said – the club has almost stagnated, and it really needs to get on its front foot. It’s the only club in the West Midlands this year that’s in the Premier League, has fantastic support, and the supporters and everybody around the place – we need a little bit of impetus.
“We’re trying to do business, we need to do business, and we’ll go from there. Hopefully we’ll get it in the next two weeks. It’s a big two weeks for me and the football club.”
Saido Berahino started the game next to Rondon, despite being surrounded by transfer rumors, and Pulis said that Berahino won’t be going anywhere unless they get a replacement in first.
“We won’t let Saido go, the club will not let him go until someone comes in,” Pulis said.
“We have to get him back to where he was in my first year here, when he was the main reason we survived. We lost him last year but if we can get him back, he and Rondon will be a handful for any team.”