Date: 22nd February 2017 at 8:09pm
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West Bromwich Albion head coach Tony Pulis has insisted there was no rift with Callum McManaman but put simply he feels we have better options now.

The wide midfielder moved to The Hawthorns from Wigan Athletic back in January 2015 for a fee of £4.75million but in his time with us he only made seven starting appearances with a further 18 from the bench and ‘dive-gate’ basically ended his involvement in the first team.

This January the 25 year old made a swift loan out to Sheffield Wednesday and it doesn’t overly sound like he’ll be returning.

Quoted by the Birmingham Mail from BBC WM’s Football Phone In the other night, Pulis explained why it hadn’t worked out for the player and just insisted in football sometimes this happens and you have to move on from it.

‘With the Callum situation, obviously I bought Callum so I wanted him to do well. But in my opinion, at times he didn’t suit what we wanted. That’s a player I’ve brought in and you hold your hand up and say ‘I might have made a mistake in respect of what I expected of him and what I got from him’.’

Pulis went on to say that other things have to be factored in as well.

‘You have to put into that mix the fact that Chadli and Phillips are playing wide. I`m not so sure Callum is of the quality of Phillips and Chadli. Although Callum is a great lad and has been fantastic around the place, I just think the team has moved on a little bit from Callum.’

Pulis also fielded questions about on loan Everton player Brendan Galloway who featured four times before being dropped in mid September – only to be seen so far once more in January’s loss to Derby County in the FA Cup.

Speaking about the 20 year old season long loanee, he added.

‘In Brendan’s case he did have a bad injury and was out for about six weeks. Nyom, Dawson and Brunt have played full-back and have played exceptionally well. So it’s been difficult to change that position.’

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