"He sits in front of the two centre halves and he knows that position," Pulis told the Express & Star. "We had a lad at Palace - Jedinak - who did exactly the same for us.
"Claudio is a good lad. He knows the position and it's nice to work with him.
"He's a solid citizen. I saw him play when my teams at Stoke played against Albion and former managers always played him.
"They always played him and Youssouf Mulumbu sat in there and the two of them did very good jobs in there to help the other players.
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