Pulis - No Crouch worries
Tony Pulis is not expecting Peter Crouch's public profile to be a problem as the striker prepares to make his Stoke debut.
Last Updated: 09/09/11 11:42am
Tony Pulis is not expecting record signing Peter Crouch's public profile to be a problem as the striker prepares to make his Stoke City debut.
Crouch joined the Potters in a £10million move from Tottenham Hotspur on deadline day and is in line to face former club Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
However, the player's wife - model and television presenter Abbey Clancy - is reportedly unhappy about the prospect of leaving London and there have been question marks raised as to how Crouch might adjust to life with the Staffordshire outfit.
But Stoke boss Pulis insists he has no concerns about the 30-year-old's commitment to his new club.
"Peter is a great lad and I think you're pigeon-holing someone just because their picture is in the paper," Pulis said.
"He is a fantastic kid, very down to earth, and we are absolutely delighted to have him - and we'll have him as a footballer.
"What Peter does in his private life is up to him and he should be able to do what he wants to do within reason.
"As long as he comes along, trains well, works hard and then does it on a Saturday, we will be absolutely delighted."
He added: "I spoke to Peter and he is looking for property up here, and I think his wife was up looking with him."