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Pulis slams Premier League stars content with bench roles at big clubs

Date Posted,December 23, 2016

Tony Pulis has hit out at big-earning Premier League stars content to sit on the bench or in the stands at top clubs ahead of “earning” their money elsewhere.

West Bromwich Albion manager Pulis is trying to tempt Morgan Schneiderlin to quit Manchester United for regular football at The Hawthorns.

He is also interested in United winger Ashley Young, who has only started three League games for Jose Mourinho’s side this term.

But Pulis admits Albion and other smaller Premier League clubs are having “big problems” persuading stars to give up the limelight and giant salaries at leading clubs.

It has added to Pulis’ woes as Everton are competing for Schneiderlin’s signature to replace Ross Barkley, who they hope to sell to Tottenham.

West Brom want to sign Morgan Schneiderlin, who has asked to leave Manchester United (Photo: Tom Purslow)
Ross Barkley shows dejection after the final whistle
The Baggies face competition from Everton, who want to sign Schneiderlin as a replacement for Ross Barkley (pictured) (Photo: PA)

Baggies boss Pulis, who also wants Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester, moaned: “It is getting the players to come to the football club.

“We are trying to get players at this football club who will progress the club over a period of time.

“But there are a lot of players who are not in teams who still prefer to be at so called bigger clubs than playing week in, week out.

“There are players at the bigger clubs who haven’t even broken into their teams who still prefer the protection of that bigger club than maybe going to another club to work and play and earn the money that they should be doing.

Jeff Schlupp gestures
Leicester’s Jeff Schlupp is also on the Baggies’ radar (Photo: AFP/Getty)

“It rides high with certain players more so than sometimes playing football.

“There is a serious barrier to break down at times and it is important you get the chance to speak to these players as they should be squeezing the pips out of their playing career.

“This is a very good club to be at and be playing. It is an opportunity and a chance for players to come and play.

“Jonny Evans is an example of one player who couldn’t get in United’s team and now he is being talked about with Arsenal and Liverpool after doing well here.”

Jonny Evans has revived his career since leaving Manchester United for the Hawthorns (Photo: PA)

Pulis also said Albion were unlikely to sign Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez in January after his recent goal-scoring return to the Saints team.

Pulis also slammed the FA’s compensation scheme which enables bigger clubs to snap up Albion’s academy players on the cheap.

Albion have lost the likes of teenagers Izzy Brown to Chelsea and Jerome Sinclair to Liverpool in recent years.

He said: “The compensation is ridiculous, it is a monster which is eating itself. It is an animal which produces its young and eats its young.”

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