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WEST BROM: Can Pulis inspire new signings to have big Baggies impact?

It's been a mixed transfer window for West Brom fans.

Two defensive signings and three attacking additions were brought in as the side failed to replace James Chester who left for Aston Villa.

All five signings played either in the Premier League or Championship last season and come to The Hawthorns in a bid to keep the Baggies well clear of the bottom three.


West Bromwich Albion - 2016/17

Key signings


Nacer Chadli – from Tottenham Hotspur for
£13m

West Brom smashed their transfer record with Chadli's arrival costing them £13m.

The Belgian international found it hard to gain weekly minutes at Tottenham last season, despite at times being a game-changer for Mauricio Pochettino's side.

Tony Pulis has always been recognised as a manager who operates with a defensive style of play, but this could get the best out of Chadli if the counter-attack is completed effectively.

With three years of Premier League experience under his belt, many will expect a lot of things from the 27-year-old this campaign.

Good signing for West Brom.



Matt Phillips – from QPR for
£5.5m

With Stephane Sessegnon leaving the club, West Brom finally signed Matt Phillips as the perfect replacement after showing interest for some time.

Phillips , 25, will be expected to contribute more towards the side's goals and assists column this campaign compared to the performances Sessegnon produced last year.

A player who is very effective in the final third, it's no doubt he will be a regular start for the club.

Matt Phillips is a quality addition for a fee of £5.5m.



Allan Nyom – from Watford for £4m

Following the departure of Cristian Gamboa to Celtic, Pulis spent £4m to bring Nyom from Vicarage Road to The Hawthorns.

The manager will be able to have trust in Nyom which he didn't have in Gamboa, mainly due to the performances the Cameroon international produced for Watford last season.

Pulis had a unique style of playing his centre-backs in a full-back role last year, but the arrival of Nyom will turn it all around.

A bargain for Tony Pulis if he replicates his performances from 2015/16.


Hal Robson-Kanu – from Reading for free

Signing a player who scored two goals in the European Championship for Wales surely seems like a fantastic signing?

The former Reading player may not be the type of attacking midfielder the West Brom fans were looking for during the summer, especially with a central attacking midfielder being desperately needed.

Robson-Kanu has the ability to play as a number ten, but his best position is either as a winger or a central striker.

Had a decent season in the top flight with the Royals when scoring seven times in 2012/13 but overall his scoring record is not fantastic.

Time will tell whether it was a good signing by Pulis or not.


Brendan Galloway - from Everton on loan

Albion have landed a quality young defender in Galloway.

The 20-year-old has joined from Everton on a season-long spell and will add versatility to Pulis' defence.

Galloway can operate at left-back or in central defence, giving the manager options.

Has amassed 21 appearances foe Everton after joining from MK Dons in 2014.

One to watch!


Overall


It certainly wasn't the summer Pulis had in mind.

The Welshman would loved to have signed a quality striker but had to settle for Robson-Kanu.

There has been no hiding his dissatisfaction with the Baggies board and there have recently been murmurings regarding his future with the West Midlands outfit.

However, Pulis' side will be difficult to score against and hopefully that makes up for their lack of bite up front.

Please, no more talk about Said Berahino!


Tribal's Transfer Rating:
5.5/10

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