Tony Pulis admires Mark Hughes’ Stoke squad as West Brom boss prepares to welcome his old club to The Hawthorns
- Tony Pulis has praised Mark Hughes for building ‘strong squad’ at Stoke
- West Brom manager ‘looking forward’ to Saturday’s clash with former club
- Pulis has highlighted the wealth of attacking options Hughes has
- Baggies boss says transfer market is more competitive than ever
West Brom boss Tony Pulis is envious of former club Stoke’s embarrassment of riches.
The Baggies boss has been impressed by the Potters and Mark Hughes’ squad building ahead of Saturday’s game at The Hawthorns.
Pulis managed Stoke between 2002 and 2005, before returning 12 months later for a seven-year stay.
Tony Pulis is impressed with the strength in depth Mark Hughes has in his Stoke squad
Pulis said he is looking forward to welcoming his former club to the Hawthorns on Saturday
Hughes succeeded him in 2013 and, having guided the Potters to ninth last term, has them 10th this season, just one point off the top six.
‘They’ve got a real strong squad. They finished in the top 10 last year and have added to that. They’ve put a strong squad together so we know it will be a tough game.
Hughes (right) has a number of attacking options available to him, particularly going forward
Pulis has been chasing QPR winger Matty Phillips and could make a move in the January window
‘I look forward to it, hosting my former club – results have shown than this year there’s not a big a gap as their normally is.’
The Baggies will assess Jonas Olsson and Victor Anichebe’s hamstring complaints while Salomon Rondon and James McClean serve the final game of their bans, meaning Saido Berahino could start after eight straight games as a substitute.
Albion’s squad is thin without the quartet and Pulis wants to strengthen in a transfer window which he expects to be full of big spending at the top and bottom of the Barclays Premier League.
‘It’s as competitive as it’s ever been,’ Pulis, who has long been trailing QPR’s Matty Phillips, said.
‘Everyone will be trying to strengthen in the window to finish in the top half where they want to be or to make sure they are outside of the bottom parts where it’s important for clubs.’