Date: 18th February 2016 at 3:13pm
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Sebastien Pocognoli has been speaking about his future having become one of a number of defensive forgotten men under head coach Tony Pulis.

The 28 year old full back has only made four appearances so far this season – Peterborough being the last of those – and he hasn’t appeared in a Premier League match with his run outs coming in the Cups, but speaking to the Birmingham Mail with 18 months left on his deal following his arrival at the club, he says he’s looking at his options but he’s enjoying his time with us.

Despite being the only recognised left back at the club, the Belgian international has kissed goodbye to his European Championship hopes in France as he knows that with Chris Brunt, Jonny Evans, James McClean and probably some members of the fanbase ahead of him, Marc Wilmot’s isn’t going to be calling him this summer.

‘For me, my ambition is to stay and play for West Brom, maybe next season. If not, then for sure, I need to play, so we will see. My situation is not easy so I don`t want to speak too much, just focus on the end of the season. If I can help the team I am ready and we will see at the end of the season. Everybody has to know I`m happy here. Okay I`m not playing, but I`m quite happy with the other parts of my life here in West Brom and everything around West Brom. I don`t want to just leave the club. It needs to be a good opportunity.’

With his last appearance being as Gareth McAuley’s replacement in the 19th minute against Peterborough in the FA Cup replay, Poc went on to say that it was a difficult test for him as Peterborough were better than their league level implied and obviously he has a lack of sharpness from sitting on his bum.

‘It was very hard to go there on the League One pitch against a very motivated team and more difficult when you`re brought off the bench. Central defence is not my position also, but I tried to do my best. It`s always good to get some minutes. It`s not happened so much this season so I try to pick every minute that I can and try to do my best. It`s not easy because I need some matches to get to my best level, but I try to help the team when they need me.’

With this interview coming out after an interview in France, clearly the player was trying to set the record straight after claiming his original words were mistranslated and taken out of context.

The left back had been quoted as saying.

‘Tony Pulis has deprived me of the chance to do my job. Pulis wants safety above all else. He has another pet subject and that is picking big central defenders to play as full-backs. He told me that I am too attack-minded for his style of play. I remain convinced I will get another chance at West Brom. But at some point I`ll have to admit it`s all over.’

There are a number of fans, and growing, who would say his original words were spot on.

Fellow forgotten man, Cost Rican Cristian Gamboa was also quoted about his own predicament as he only has three appearances to his name for the club this year but also played against Peterborough.

‘This is the way it is, in the end we have to listen to the gaffer. He has the last word. He always tries to cheer up all the players, gets everybody fit and ready to play a match. It`s 11 that play and 18 players including the bench, they cannot take everyone so you have to wait and when you get the chance you have to take it. For me I have to keep working, football is like this. I not get beat easy so I will keep working until I get a chance. I will just wait until I get another chance in the Premier League or the FA Cup.’

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