West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has described new boss Tony Pulis’s regime as “brutal” although he is loving life at the club.
Foster and Pulis were together at Stoke City during the manager’s first spell in charge at the Britannia Stadium and so he knew all about the Welshman’s methods.
Foster never played a first-team game for the Potters before being snapped up by Manchester United
in 2005, eventually arriving at The Hawthorns in 2012 via Birmingham City.
The 31-year-old has now credited Pulis – unbeaten in his first four games in charge since replacing Alan Irvine – with breathing new life into the Baggies’ squad who have climbed up to 14th place in the Premier League.
Foster said: “I would say he is just on to players a bit more. Nobody really gets away with anything now.
“Fair play to the gaffer. He lets nobody have rest days or slack off – nothing like that.
“Everybody is training to their maximum potential every day and everybody is looking a bit fitter and sharper and you can see the difference.
“Everybody does the same thing and there are no exceptions. There is no ‘you might be the highest-paid player or the best player in the team’.
“It doesn’t matter. You are doing the work, it’s as simple as that.
“When he was rumoured to be coming to us I said ‘look out lads, you’ll be doing a bit of running’.”
West Brom are next in action at home against Tottenham on Saturday afternoon. The Baggies are 2.88, the draw is 3.07 and Spurs are at 2.52.