Stoke City: Potters will still play with wingers despite Charlie Adam signing says Dave Kemp
DAVE Kemp has denied that Charlie Adam's arrival means the death of two out-and-out wingers at Stoke City.
Accommodating Adam's skills could require beefing up Stoke's midfield and sacrificing one genuine wide man as they did against Manchester City on Saturday.
Matthew Etherington was on the bench, while Jermaine Pennant didn't make the matchday 18.
But Kemp says the two-winger approach remains a viable tactic.
"It will be horses for courses," said Stoke's assistant manager, "so there's no way we won't use both wingers again.
"There will be occasions when they will be at the forefront, it just depends on what is needed."
He said this was an important week in training as Stoke's seven summer signings will all be working together for the first time over an extended period ahead of Saturday's trip to Chelsea.
"It is a case of getting the new lads into the way of doing things the way we want, then they can bring their talents to that," added Kemp.
"In the Man City game we showed that we can play, but at the same time retain that competitiveness we need."
He acknowledged Stoke now had a squad unrecognisable from the recent past after adding the likes of Michael Owen to the mix.
"People tend to forget how far we have come," he added. "Remember when no-one thought we would get promoted, then no-one thought we would stay up?
"Trying to improve takes longer than five minutes, but hopefully people are starting to see the improvement."
Meanwhile, Leicester are considering a second attempt to sign Danny Higginbotham on loan.
Boss Nigel Pearson is desperate to stiffen a defence exposed by Wolves at the weekend during a 2-1 defeat that leaves Leicester 16th in the Championship.