With half of the season to go, and just 17 points earned, things looked too shady for the West Brom fans. However, they turned their eyes to a magician, in Tony Pulis, who once again showed the world that he knows the art of keeping the team in the league, pretty much from every position.
West Brom started the season knowing fully that they will have to fight to stay in the league, and after half of the season, things looked more uncertain than the beginning of the season. As most of the pundits were looking at West Brom as the serious contender to go down, the West Brom board turned to Tony Pulis, to save their team from relegation, and he did not disappoint them.
Tony Pulis, after being appointed as the West Brom manager, managed to win 7 and drawn 5 out of the 18 he managed in the premier league this season, which saw West Brom comfortably avoiding relegation in the end. Pulis managed to earn 27 out of a potential 54 points, which saw them finishing 13th, with 9 points clear of the relegation zone.
High points of the season for West Brom was beating Chelsea, the newly crowned champions at home by a margin of 3-0. Even though an argument can be made about Chelsea’s intensity in the game because nothing was at stake, still the result was a refreshing one for the Brom supporters. Another high point of the season was defeating Manchester United in a 1-0 intense match at Old Trafford, which was their back to back wins in the league after waiting for more than 3 decades to beat red devils on their home ground.
Saido Berahino proved to be the star man for the men in white and black, as he netted impressive 14 goals in the season, which saw him now being linked with the rumours of leaving the club in the near future. His performance under Pulis also improved drastically, as he was the Target man throughout the 2nd part of the season. Irish midfielder Chris Brunt proved to be another star of the season, after providing 10 assists and scoring 2 goals throughout the season.
Few players couldn’t live up to the expectations, but the biggest disappoint was Brown Ideye. The former Dynamo Kiev star striker came for a record club fee of £10 Million, but could not produce the kind of result that was expected of him, with just 4 goals and 2 assists in 24 appearances for the club, which is by no means an impressive stat for a striker. Pulis and fans would expect him to produce better results on the field in the next season as they look to have a much easier season than 14/15 campaign.
West Brom looks like an outfit which is settle to stay in the league for some time in the future, with Pulis, who is the master of keeping his team in the league, will try to impose his authority by making West Brom more discipline and more physically strong as an outfit. West Brom will look to have an easier campaign with a mid – table finish, that would give them the much needed stability at the club level.
Rating (B +)