Tony Pulis takes his West Bromwich Albion side to Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon, and he could give a full debut to one of his summer signings.

The Baggies boss is set to hand Oliver Burke a first start for the club since his move from Red Bull Leipzig in August.

The Scotland international has appeared off the bench twice for Albion, and having come through those unscathed, he is now ready to step up his game time and could be rewarded with a place in the West Brom starting XI at the John Smith’s Stadium.

While Pulis has that option at his disposal, he will once again be without defender Craig Dawson and midfielder James Morrison.

The West Brom manager is hoping to have the latter back after the international break, as he confirmed at his pre-match press conference ahead of the contest.

“Obviously Dawson and Morrison are still struggling,” the Baggies boss is quoted as saying on their official website.

“James went over to Holland to see a specialist last week and I think it was decent news. Fingers crossed he’ll be up and running next week and in contention for the Chelsea game which would be a bonus for us.

“In that role behind Morrison is really strong. He gets up and down the pitch and we need him back.”

Dawson is expected to be on the sidelines for much longer with a knee injury, which could put added emphasis on the likes of Ahmed Hegazy and Jonny Evans, at the heart of the Baggies defence.

Pulis could call on Nacer Chadli in the West Brom attacking areas on Saturday. The Belgian missed the defeat to Manchester City last weekend but could be involved in Yorkshire.

West Brom go into the match with the Terriers just two points above the relegation zone, and in need of a win to ease the pressure going into the international break. If they do secure a victory it would be just their second on the road this season, and would come at a perfect time.


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