Jones earns Pulis support
Kenwyne Jones returns to Sunderland, with Tony Pulis confident he will not require additional motivation.
Last Updated: 05/11/10 2:08pm
Kenwyne Jones returns to Sunderland on Saturday, with Stoke boss Tony Pulis confident the striker will not require any additional motivation.
Jones was sold by the Black Cats for £8million in the summer and has since traded verbal blows with Steve Bruce, who questioned his application at times.
The Trinidad & Tobago international bagged 26 goals in his 82 league starts on Wearside before Bruce decided to cash in.
But Pulis has played down suggestions that the former Southampton man will be looking to settle a score with his former manager.
"If you speak to Kenwyne I think he would say he doesn't have any point to prove," he said.
"He had a good time there and enjoyed it but he has joined us now and is 110 per cent behind us.
"He has mixed in very well here. There are the likes of Dean Whitehead, Danny Higginbotham, Danny Collins (all ex-Sunderland); they all know him so it has been very easy for him to come into a club where there are people he knows.
"We are just hoping we can play as well as we have played in the last couple of weeks and get the result that our performances have deserved."
Pulis has a decision to make over who starts in goal in the North East, with another former Sunderland man, Thomas Sorensen, battling with Asmir Begovic for the jersey after recovering from injury.
Regular first-choice Sorensen missed last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Everton with an elbow problem and stand-in Asmir Begovic did little wrong at Goodison Park.
"He (Sorensen) wasn't fit for Saturday but I thought Asmir came in and did brilliantly, looking very assured," Pulis added.
"We have Thomas, who is an outstanding keeper who has done brilliantly for us, but we have a young pretender in Asmir.
"It is a case now of deciding what I do on Saturday. Do I leave Asmir in and let him get on with it because that then puts enormous pressure on Thomas to get back in the team?
"It is one of those situations as a manager you hope for."