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Pulis hopeful of Lambert influence

31 July 2015

Albion's youngsters to benefit from new signing

TONY Pulis believes new signing Rickie Lambert will be a good role model for Albion's youngsters, including Saido Berahino, his strike partner at tonight's game at Bristol Rovers.

The two players combined well throughout tonight's 4-0 friendly win at Bristol Rovers, with Lambert netting twice.

Pulis believes Lambert's attitude and conduct will be an asset within the club's dressing room, not least on Albion's younger players.

"Rickie's played at lower level and each time he's stepped up he's done well," said Pulis. 

"He did exceptionally well at Southampton and probably feels he deserved more games at Liverpool. 

"But it's not just on the pitch that he will important, but off the pitch too. He's a great lad and in Saido we have a wonderful talent, along with other youngsters we have. 

"We hope the way Rickie conducts himself and how he acts will be good for him and our other young players. You cannot have enough role models.

"He's been brought up through the lower leagues. When you get the chance to work down there you want to get the chance to claim everything you can - that ambition and drive remains and I hope we see the full benefits of that and I hope the other players do too."

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