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'Big bonuses' cost West Brom a higher finish says Tony Pulis

Prior to the disappointment of recent campaigns, Albion had enjoyed eight successive seasons in the Premier League.

Fernando Llorente completes Swansea’s turnaround against Albion in 2017 (AMA)

At their height they had reached eighth under Steve Clarke, but in 2018 that all came to an end and their longest stint in the top flight in the modern era came to an end.

But less than a year before Albion did drop back into the Championship, Tony Pulis was on the brink of potentially guiding them to their highest ever Premier League finish.

A win over Arsenal in March took Albion to 43 points and well clear of any relegation worries.