West Brom manager Tony Pulis is keen to break West Brom into the mix for European football in the near future.

Pulis, as quoted by the Mirror, spoke of how teams such as West Brom must find themselves ahead of the pack when approaching the coming campaigns and hinted that investment from Chinese owner Guochuan Lai may be required.

The important thing is not Liverpool and that top six, the important thing is being in front of the game, always, with the teams below. It’s that group of 12 or 13 teams. You play every season to finish outside the bottom three of the 13.

The Welshman has done a fantastic job with the Baggies this season and finds himself looking over his shoulder in terms of the league table, with seventh out of sight but Southampton close by in ninth, just four points adrift.

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As soon as you start taking your eye off the ball and start thinking something else is going to happen then it can turn around and hurt you. Bigger clubs than West Brom have been relegated.

Pulis has got the most out of his squad this season but will be well aware that the standard is only set to increase ahead of the 2017/18 season, meaning that new faces may be needed this summer.

We need to be getting better every year and improving the squad. We might not finish in a position where you want but we want to get to cup finals and maybe, one day, finish in that position so we can play in Europe. Doing that takes time.

Now though, he will focus on making it a good end to the season for the Baggies, keeping them in eighth.