Scout unhappy with Stoke transfers

Tony Pulis Stoke ManagerStoke chief scout Lindsay Parsons claims the Potters have missed out on a number of big names due to Tony Pulis’ style of play

The Potters boss is coming under increasing pressure after a disappointing second half of the season for the Staffordshire club, winning just once in the Premier League since the turn of the year.

Parsons is the latest person to slam the Welshman, claiming he has clashed with Pulis on a number of occasions over Stoke’s current style of play.

The 67-year-old claims because of Pulis’ approach to the game, the Britannia Stadium faithful have missed out on seeing a number of players who have gone on to be big hits at other Premier League clubs.

“We have loads of disagreements, because I don’t like the way they play and I will never change on that,” Parsons told The Sentinel. “I have been told that players I’ve recommended have been too small for Stoke, but I don’t go along with that. Look at Lionel Messi, he is different class and is he too small?

“I have recommended players like [Cheick] Tiote, [Hatem] Ben Arfa and [Demba] Ba, but they have not been signed by Stoke and they have done well for other clubs.

“I remember one of the first names I gave to Tony at Stoke was a lightning-quick, 6’4″ striker called [Emmanuel] Adebayor, but we were in the Championship and we were told the fee of £3m was too much.”

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