New signings pay off as West Brom beats Bournemouth 1-0

Tony Pulis has committed his future to West Brom by signing a new contract until 2019
Tony Pulis has committed his future to West Brom by signing a new contract until 2019

13 August, 2017

Ahmed Hegazi scored on debut as West Brom defeated Bournemouth on Saturday. "I'm excited at the opportunity of trying to get some of these players in", Pulis said.

With regard to conversations with club chairman John Williams, the Welshman mentioned having spoken "at great length over the summer", knowing the direction needed that together they "are determined to do".

"We only have 17 senior pros so we need to and we've got a few at the top age so it just needs restructuring".

"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". I think we've seen an improvement all across the club in recent seasons and we must continue that in what is such a tough, tough league.

Brought in on a season-long loan from Al Ahly, the 26-year-old settled the match at the Hawthorns after 32 minutes.

"I watched two games in the African Cup of Nations and I liked the two Egyptian centre-halves, him and the lad alongside him (Zamalek's Ali Gabr)", said Pulis.

"We can never underestimate just how important it is to keep our place in a league that is now the most famous and the most followed in the world".

Even the second-half introduction of Jermain Defoe could not help the Cherries find a breakthrough and the closest they came to a goal was Benik Afobe's first-half header which flashed narrowly wide.

It's a good start to the season for Pulis's side, but the West Brom boss will want more new additions before the transfer window shuts.

"All the work we have done this week has paid off".

Bournemouth camped on the edge of the West Brom penalty area for much of the second half but struggled to find time and space to shoot as West Brom hung on for the win.

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