West Brom coach Pulis extends contract until 2019

Tony Pulis

But Pulis remains far from satisfied with his squad depth, as he expressed his desperate need to secure further reinforcements before the transfer window shuts on August 31.

"We are a smaller, tighter squad then we were at this stage last season but I think the quality is higher and that could be a key difference".

"I'm delighted to extend my contract because it continues the stability within the club which is essential for its progress", said Pulis, whose team get their Premier League campaign under way at home to Bournemouth on Saturday.

"I believe that there's a tremendous talent pool in there, and if that talent can not be realised immediately within our own ranks it is vital we get them out into league football to continue their development and education". We have 17 senior professionals and we are at the top age as well, so it just needs restructuring and everybody is aware of it.

"Jay Rodriguez has been fantastic during pre-season".

"We've taken Ahmed out of Egyptian football and he looks to be a really good buy for us".

"Hegazi will continue to do that if he wants to get in there and score", he added.

Bournemouth have now conceded goals from set-pieces on three successive visits to The Hawthorns, and only West Brom's poor finishing prevented a heavier defeat, with Rodriguez twice curling the ball beyond the near post.

"I am disappointed. It is unlike us to have so much possession and to not create chances - that is the most disappointing thing", he said. We gave away a needless free-kick, and against West Brom that is a risky thing.

"As for the season ahead, we of course want to improve our Premier League challenge and do everything we can to make a strong challenge in at least one of the major cup competitions". The pitch was slow, and that is not an excuse. We had the most shots on goal and the most corners. "There is obviously stuff for us to work on".

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