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Premier League football returns to Turf Moor tomorrow when Tony Pulis brings his West Brom team. The Baggies boss has been busy this week talking transfers, windows and injuries as much as anything else.

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He’s clearly fighting to keep Jonny Evans at the Hawthorns after reported bids from Manchester City while he looks to strengthen with a defender high on his list of priorities.

It’s the same scenario for Sean Dyche in terms of trying to bring in players. “We’re trying to move it forward year on year and I’ve made it clear that that is part of the club,” Dyche said. “Not losing sight of what we are, not losing sight of the strength of the team, but by adding to that and all the layers we can, I think we have moved it forward again.

“Unfortunately, we’ve lost some important players of course, but that’s happened before. But I think we’ve also brought in some important players and I hope the players that are going to mature into the club have become even more important than they think they are now, along with the development of the people that are in the group as well.

“We are always looking to find that healthy group of players who are stimulated to go and keep taking on the challenge, and that’s been a real good thing over the years I have been here.”

He added: “I think on paper the group’s got stronger and hopefully over the next ten or so days it will get stronger again, but the performance is the real key. You know the game’s never played out on a piece of paper.

“Squads can look strong and teams can look strong and then you see the game and think ‘oh, not as strong as we thought’, and vice versa. So, we want to make sure that the connection is there – not only looking stronger but actually deliver stronger as we get onto performances.”

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