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West Brom place Saido Berahino on weight-loss diet

Pulis has placed Saido Berahino on a new fitness regime. Credit: PA

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has insisted that Saido Berahino needed to be taken out of the side and placed on a person fitness plan.

The striker is now doing extra work as well as training with the first team after the club decided he was overweight and unfit to play.

Tests found he was eight pounds over his ideal weight and the 23-year-old will not feature at Liverpool on Saturday.

Berahino has not scored since February, a 14-game run, and has not played in the Baggies' past four matches having also been left out of the squad completely for last weekend's 1-1 draw with Tottenham.

Pulis said:

We've come to the conclusion that's the best way forward, he's bought into it and we'll take him out of the firing line. It's important we get him back to sharpness and fitness.

When you're playing as we are the players are training hard at the beginning of the week and dropping off and then Saido is having the weekend off as well. We're hoping and praying that'll benefit him and get him back to where we want him.

I don't think there's one reason, there's all different reasons. We've looked at it and he wants to get as fit as he can. Saido has got too many people around him talking to him at times and gets carried away with too many different ideas and thoughts.

We've decided this is the best way to get Saido fit, back on board and playing the way he played when I first came here.

– West Brom manager Tony Pulis


Pulis: I won't quit West Brom

Tony Pulis. Credit: PA

Tony Pulis is committed to honouring his contract at West Brom but concedes the club's new owners will ultimately decide on his future.

There had been speculation that Pulis might leave the Hawthorns prior to Thursday's announcement that a takeover by Chinese group Yunyi Guokai Sports Development Limited - led by Guochuan Lai - had been completed.

Following a disappointing transfer window, hints emerged of a rift between Pulis and Albion's new chairman John Williams as both publicly expressed their opinions about the club's transfer business.

Pulis insists that, contrary to reports he might quit, he would never walk away from the job.

Asked if he definitely wanted to remain as head coach, he said: ''Yeah, I won't be leaving. If I leave, it will be the club's decision for me to leave, it won't be my decision.''

Often a change of ownership is followed by a change of manager, but Pulis remained defiant.

He said: ''I don't see it that way. I see it that I've signed a contract and I'm going to see that contract through.

''The owners are in China. I'm not sure when they're coming over, if they're coming over or if they're over here now. But if I get a chance to speak to them I will find out what they want to do and how they see the club going.

''I think it's important that we work together and it will be interesting to see how they see the club going.''

Pulis keen to freshen up 'stagnant' West Brom

West Brom manager Tony Pulis wants fresh faces in his squad. Credit: PA

Tony Pulis has urged West Brom to capitalise on the opportunity presented by their recent takeover.

It was announced last week that a Chinese group led by investor Guochuan Lai had agreed a deal with former chairman Jeremy Peace to buy the club, and Pulis has called on the Yunyi Guokai (Shanghai) Sports Development Limited group to invest in new players.

The Baggies won their opening fixture of the season 1-0 at Crystal Palace, but the manager is concerned the club might be treading water.

"The club has had, and still has, a lot of players who have been here for a long time," said Pulis.

"They've been fantastic players, fantastic servants, but they need competition, they need people who can play in that team and want to be in that team. That's what this club needs.

"I've been here now 22 months. It's been one of the things I've said - the club has almost stagnated, and it really needs to get on its front foot.

"It's the only club in the West Midlands this year that's in the Premier League, (has) fantastic support, and the supporters and everybody around the place - we need a little bit of impetus.

"We're trying to do business, we need to do business, and we'll go from there. Hopefully we'll get it in the next two weeks. It's a big two weeks for me and the football club."

I'll give young players a chance at West Brom - Pulis

Tony Pulis says he will offer youth a chance to shine next season Credit: PA

West Brom boss Tony Pulis was happy to give fans what he hopes is a glimpse of the future against Liverpool and suggested he would play them next season if they "came back stronger" after the close season.

Having handed Jonathan Leko his Premier League debut last month, fellow teenagers Tyler Roberts, 17, and Sam Field, 18, became the latest academy players to make their first-team bows under Pulis as the campaign came to an end on Sunday.

Leko, making only his third start for the club, brilliantly set up West Brom's opening goal in the 1-1 draw. Embarking on a solo run, he weaved his way past three Liverpool players before slipping a pass down the right-hand side of the penalty area to Salomon Rondon, who beat goalkeeper Adam Bogdan at his near post with a low shot.

Later on, Roberts replaced Leko and Field took the place of James McClean for the closing stages. Pulis signaled his belief in their quality and spoke of the overall boost it would give the club to have them featuring on a more consistent basis.

It was lovely to get the three kids on. Leko has played a big part in the last few games and to get Sam and Tyler on was fantastic.

They need to know, given the chance, that if the lads are good enough then they will get the opportunity. It gives everyone in the club a boost, everyone underneath the first-team, in the academy - Mark (Harrison), Hoppy (Stephen Hopcroft) and the lads there, they work really hard.

These three lads have to come back after the close season stronger, mentally and physically, and there's a chance, I'll give them a chance. I really do think they're good enough.

– Tony Pulis
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