It looks like Tony Pulis is still punishing Nacer Chadli as he is always an unused substitute in Albion’s first three league fixtures.
Chadli who got transferred to West Bromwich Albion for a record signing of £18 million has not played a single minute of Premier League football this season, and this may have stemmed from not showing at the pre-season training camp in Austria.
Pulis may be punishing Chadli as the training camp is not just for physical conditioning but also to form a bond and team spirit with the rest of the players.
Now, Pulis feels that he has better options from the bench than the Belgian international, which included Rekeem Harper, Claudio Yacob, James McClean, Hal Robson-Kanu, Salomon Rondon and Oliver Burke.
The Albion boss said described Chadli’s absences from the games as a muscle strain, but the midfielder was perfectly fit to play 45 minutes for the Under 23s.
After that Chadli watched from the bench as Albion drew 2-2 with Watford.
Pulis may still be holding a grudge against the midfielder as his fitness is in good shape as he played the entire 90 minutes for Belgium thumping of Cyprus in Brussels with an impressive 4-0 for the World Cup qualifying campaign.
As much as Pulis insists that Chadli has an injury, the striker should still be used by Pulis as they haven’t won any of their matches.
With goals and wins getting more difficult with every game, it is high time Pulis agrees to get this gifted footballer on board, or it might be too late for them even to get up.