Stoke City: Pulis scouting abroad for goalscorer signings
STOKE City manager Tony Pulis is hoping to unearth a rare foreign signing when he jets abroad at the start of his scouting mission for next season.
Pulis admitted he needs more goals in the team after seeing defender Robert Huth equalise in last night's 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.
With Stoke now not in action again until a week on Saturday, Pulis, below, disclosed: "I've got a few games to watch over the weekend when I'll be flying around and looking at a few players recommended over the season.
"The weekend off has fallen at the right time and I like to see players myself. About five of us will be getting around to see if we can find some players for next season.
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"We need goals from other areas, not just up front, because we have relied on Peter Crouch too much this season. That's something we are looking at."
Stoke were indebted to Huth's 72nd minute equaliser to pocket a deserved point after Andreas Weimann's impressive opener for Villa.
"Huth could have come out with a hat-trick," Pulis continued, "because he had two headers before he scored.
"It's a great cross from Jermaine (Pennant) and Robert's finished with aplomb. Our quality and movement is good at set plays and there's nothing wrong with that.
"But we are a bit disappointed not to win the game because we felt we had the better chances.
"We got a lot of balls into the box and it was just that final touch missing."
Stoke are now eight points short of hitting 50 for the first time in the Premier League, and Pulis insists there is plenty to play for financially too.
"We have a responsibility to the chairman because every place is worth a lot of money (around £750,000 last season)," he explained.
"The Coates family has put in a lot of money and we've got to get as much back as we can for them.
"We've now got four points in two days and from two derbies after coming from behind in both – something I would have taken beforehand – and that is testament to the effort of the players.
"That was our 51st game and everybody was fantastic and worked hard.
"We lack certain qualities, but what we have got in abundance is our spirit and togetherness."
He said such spirit was typified by Glenn Whelan after the Irish international midfielder was rested completely from yesterday's fixture.
"Glenn's looked tired in the last couple of games and he's also got the Euros when he's not just representing Ireland, but also Stoke City.
" If you'd looked at his face he looked so disappointed, but that's Glenn and he needs the break.
"We brought in Wilson (Palacios) and I thought he did very, very well in midfield. We need to get him fit and then he will be a player for us next season."
Chris Herd, Villa's former Port Vale loanee, was taken to hospital by ambulance suffering from concussion after last night's game following an innocent clash of heads late on with Huth.
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