Outgoing Stoke boss backs veteran striker.
Outbound Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has defended his decision to sign veteran England striker Michael Owen by insisting that he was a hit at the club, according to The Mirror.
Eyebrows were raised last summer when the 33-year-old linked up with The Potters and he ultimately proved his critics right by managing to play for just 77 minutes over eight games this season, scoring a solitary goal in a 3-1 defeat to Swansea.
Many saw it as a poor end to what has been, for the most part, an exemplary career. However, the now departed manager Tony Pulis has defended his decision to bring him to the club.
“Michael hasn’t played as many games as we all would have hoped. That has been a disappointment, but he has been brilliant in the dressing room. The more the year has gone on, he has blossomed and grown closer to the other players,” Pulis said.
“Signing senior players is sometimes frowned on these days. But if you get the right players it actually helps the group, and helps you improve the younger ones.
“Peter Crouch has been another one who has proved that. For young players like Steven N’Zonzi and Ryan Shawcross to have someone like them around with all their experience is fantastic.”