Pulis will not be rushed into panic purchases

August 12, 2008

Stoke manager Tony Pulis insists he will not be tempted into any last-minute panic buys as the new Premier League season edges ever closer.

The Potters have so far added Dave Kitson, Seyi Olofinjana and Thomas Sorensen to their promotion-winning side, but serious question marks remain over the squad's strength in depth.

Pulis admits he would have liked to have brought more faces in over the summer, but insists he will only bring in players who are better than those already at his disposal.

Speaking at the club's pre-season media day, the Stoke boss said: 'The biggest thing for me is not how many players we bring in, but the quality of those players.

'I'm not the sort of manager who will just throw caution to the wind and sign 10 or 11 players, and we have to make sure the ones we do bring in will improve us and take us to where we want to get to.

'I think we've made three good signings so far, but we do have gaps that we need to fill.

'There is money there ready to go, but it's very important that we find the right players for the football club.'

One man who looks less likely to join the Potters' survival scrap is Valencia striker Nikola Zigic, after the club failed to complete a deal for the giant striker over the weekend.

However, Charlton midfielder Amdy Faye is currently on trial with the club, and could yet sign a permanent deal, while Stoke have also been heavily linked with Ipswich forward Jon Walters, who enjoyed a superb 2007-08 season in the Coca-Cola Championship.

Regardless of who they do or do not sign, Pulis is confident Stoke can retain their Premier League status.

They begin the new season away at Gary Megson's Bolton, and the Stoke boss is eagerly looking forward to the big kick-off.

'It's just very exciting that we have the opportunity to compete with some of the best players, clubs and managers in the world,' said Pulis.

'Everybody wants to play, manage or be part of the Premier League, so these are exciting times for everyone at the club.

'We will rightly be classed as the underdogs, because there's a massive gulf between the Premier League and the Championship, but we were one of the underdogs last season and we managed to achieve promotion.

'We know it will be tough and there will be some lows along the way I'm sure, but it's about coping with that and making sure we have enough in the tank to get us the points and stay in the league.

'We're obviously looking forward to it, and it will be interesting to see how we all cope.'