It was yet another woefully bland performance at St Mary’s on Saturday evening and coupled with another failure to win, the pressure is now really starting to mount on Baggies boss Tony Pulis.
The loss against Southampton means that West Brom have just two wins in their last 16 league games, and with Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur coming up in their next four fixtures, you’d think that record will extend even further.
The woeful and boring football that Tony Pulis is famed for is barely tolerable when we’re picking up results, but when loyal fans travel all the way to the south-coast and sit through 90 minutes of absolute rubbish only to eventually lose, that is simply unacceptable.
I’ve seen a lot of Albion fans say things like ‘be careful what you wish for’ or ‘we don’t want to end up like Aston Villa’ in defence of Pulis. I completely agree that I don’t want to end up in the Championship, but I don’t buy the argument that we can’t stay in the league playing decent football.
We brought Pulis in when we needed help staying up, because that’s what he’s good at, but now both the club and the quality of players has have improved to such an extent that we’re now at a crossroads.
I am sick to death of watching Salomon Rondon completely isolated upfront, I’m sick of our wingers playing like wing-backs and I’m sick of the unambitious boring football that Baggies fans have had to sit through for two-and-a-half years.
Fans pay a lot of money to watch The Baggies home and away, and frankly they deserve better than whats on offer at the moment. I don’t blame the players, they’re just following their manager’s instructions. Do you think our technical players like Kieran Gibbs, Gareth Barry, Jay Rodriguez and Grzegorz Krychowiak enjoy our style of play? No chance.
The Pressure is on Pulis now, let’s see how much patience the club has over the next few weeks.