Pulis declared himself pleased with the business he managed to do in the transfer window, describing Kieran Gibbs as “a Rolls-Royce type of player”, although he admitted Gibbs and Grzegorz Krychowiak may not be ready to go straight into the matchday squad.
“They’ve trained together for the first time today”.
Both men are lacking in match fitness so it remains to be seen whether they will be involved from the start at the Amex, or if they need to settle for places on the substitutes’ bench. Do we play one and leave the other one out?
“It was very important [to keep him]”, Pulis said ahead of the Baggies’ trip to Brighton on Saturday.
City had an £18m offer rebuffed, before Leicester City saw bids of £21m and £23m rejected by the Midland side, who were holding out for a record fee to part ways with the influential 29-year-old – who has not played for his club this season due to a hamstring injury.
Evans has missed West Brom’s first three Premier League games this season through a hamstring injury, however after returning to action with Northern Ireland during the recent worldwide break, he look set to be in contention for a place in the Baggies’ starting line up when they travel to Brighton this weekend. Although the bottom line is that Man City and Arsenal were interested, they just never met the valuation the football club wanted. If they had met the value it might have been a different situation. He has got to knuckle down now, get back in the team, and start showing everybody what a good player he is again.
Pulis insists Evans hasn’t been affected by the speculation.
“He’s a very down to earth lad”. He said: “I think everybody at the football club would like to see him tied down”.