Date: 6th May 2016 at 9:17pm
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Head coach Tony Pulis has been previewing this weekend’s clash against Bournemouth.

Speaking to wba.co.uk in his usual weekly press conference, the gaffer spoke firstly about the youngsters and his hopes of giving another few a taste of first team action before the end of the campaign.

With Jonathan Leko making is full debut against West Ham at The Hawthorns last weekend, Pulis said it was important for their to be a pathway through for our own developed talent.

‘There is a chance I might play the other youngsters against Bournemouth on Saturday. It was lovely getting Jon on the pitch and he had a fantastic debut. The three that have been with us for the last few weeks, Jonathan Leko, Sam Field and Tyler Roberts, have all been fantastic. All three have grown and have got better for being in with the group. Working with experienced players who have been around the block certainly helps and that is what these kids have to be exposed to.’

Pulis went on to say.

‘You have to give credit to Mark Harrison, Steve Hopcroft and other people in the academy. There is real talent there, but it`s not just talent that gets you through today – it`s your attitude and application. People have said that I am not a manager who plays young players. When I was at Stoke, Shawcross was captain at 19 and I also brought through Wilkisnon, Dickinson and Shotton. I`ll play youngsters, but I will only play them if they are good enough.’

He also confirmed that with one year left on his deal he wanted to remain at the club and talks would be had with chairman Jeremy Peace at the end of the summer with regards to the future.

‘Yeah, of course, I’ll speak to the chairman as soon as the season finishes. We’ve got two weeks to go, two important games, and then we’ll have dinner and sit down and we’ll talk about things. I should imagine we’ll be okay. I like the football club, it’s a good football club, there’s no problem for me in any shape, ways or form. There’s lots of improvement that has to take place but it takes time, it’s a good football club.’

With Technical Director Nick Hammond joining the club from Reading earlier this week, and replacing Terry Burton’s role who departed last summer, Pulis said his appointment would be key to the club’s long term plans.

‘He’s got a very important role to play. He’s the club’s man. I’m just subservient to this football club. I’m manager here for maybe another year or two, or maybe just a month or two weeks. He’s working for the football club. The club is more important than any individual. Nick will cover things he’s been used to working with and dealing with.’

As for Bournemouth more specifically, he went on to say.

‘It will be a tough game, but we`ll be going there to win. They`ve invested in their squad. They`ve a very strong squad there, you only have to look at their bench and the quality they`ve got. Having watched their last few games, it`s interesting to see they`ve almost gone back to the team that won promotion last year. Apart from King up front, the rest of the players got them promoted. The players brought in have been outside that eleven which is nice for them. The best thing, when I take my grandson to the park, is seeing people wearing Bournemouth shirts instead of the top four shirts – it`s fantastic.’

With Aston Villa’s relegation this year, he also had words surrounding the lack of derby’s next season.

‘I would love all the teams in this area to be in the Premier League. The point I was making is you should never ever take anything for granted at this football club, or any other football club. As soon as you take your foot off the pedal, or you become complacent, then it will just catch up with you and you`ll be one of the clubs at the bottom struggling and fighting like hell to stay up. It`s disappointing, Villa is a massive club. Birmingham, Wolves, it would be lovely to have four West Midland teams in the league. It would be absolutely fantastic for everybody`s sake, as long as we beat them every time we played them.’

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