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Pulis issues McManaman challenge

30 January 2015

Albion new boy urged to fulfil potential

TONY Pulis believes new signing Callum McManaman is 'unplayable' when he is on top of his game.

McManaman could make his Albion debut in tomorrow's Barclays Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur.

And Pulis explained just why the Throstles went to great lengths to ensure his signature.

The head coach said: "On his day he is unplayable. He has so much talent but the great thing is he can score goals too. And we need to get more goalscorers into our team.

"I've brought him to his club because I believe he can be a very very good player.

"I like wide players who run down the pitch, beat people. It's exciting for me, the team and supporters.

"We've spent a lot of time chasing him. He has good ability, can score a goal, and we need people to create chances and take opportunities in the final third, and he's proven at this level."

Pulis continued: "I like having wide players in the team who can run up and down the pitch, can take the team up the pitch, and the crowd like players who can take individuals out of a game, and Callum can do that.

"We had that at Stoke with [Matthew] Etherington and [Jermaine] Pennant, and at Crystal Palace with [Yannick] Bolasie and [Jason] Puncheon.

"After being out of the Premier League for a while he's desperate to come back in, do well and put his mark on it.

"I've spoken to a lot of people about him and I feel I've a drift on his personality and character.

"The important thing is he really concentrates on his football now and fulfils his enormous potential."

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