Tactics are here to stay for Pulis
WHY is it that people are out to pull apart Stoke City manager Tony Pulis, the players and the type of football the Potters play?
Other teams play the long ball up to their strikers – even Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal do it, so Stoke aren't the only ones to launch the ball up to their tallest striker.
Yet they are habitually criticised for it, which I think is unfair and unnecessary.
Not everybody has a player in the mould of Robin van Persie – a class player if ever there was one.
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Arsenal will be lucky to hold onto him.
Every team has its own style of play, and if everyone was the same it would make football a dull and boring game to watch.
Stoke's style suits them and Tony Pulis won't move from it, and if others don't like it, then tough.
Admittedly, changes need to be made as Stoke were among the lowest scorers in the Premier League last season, with Peter Crouch having a different strike partner nearly every match.
But hopefully Tony Pulis knows which players to go for, though I think Matthew Upson, Kenwyne Jones, and possibly Danny Higginbotham and Danny Collins, will have to go to reduce the club's wage bill and raise funds for other players coming in.
What Tony must not do is sell Robert Huth, no matter what the price that Stoke is offered.
Huth can score goals as well as defend and makes a great partnership with Ryan Shawcross, who along with Matthew Etherington and Peter Crouch, should be in Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2012.