Pulis assessing new signings
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has given little indication that his three new signings will start against Liverpool on Saturday.
Last Updated: 09/09/11 12:14pm
Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has given little indication that his three new signings will start against Liverpool on Saturday.
Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios signed from Tottenham on transfer deadline day, while Cameron Jerome joined from Birmingham.
The Potters have made an impressive start to the new season, with their opening day draw at Chelsea followed by a draw against Norwich and a win at West Bromwich Albion.
Kenwyne Jones and Jonathan Walters started up front in the win at The Hawthorns but Pulis says he is considering his options for the visit of Kenny Dalglish's unbeaten Reds.
Pulis told the club's official website: "Peter (Crouch) is chomping at the bit to get in there and play but we will have to see if we can get him in the team.
"Wilson (Palacios) is maybe a little bit behind the other lads in terms of fitness so we will have to make a decision on him.
"It's the same with Cameron (Jerome) really, he wants to get out there, but in terms of fitness he is maybe a little bit behind too as he hasn't got a full pre-season behind him.
"We will have a look at them and make a decision from there.
"The good thing about bringing in the three lads last week means I am not so concerned about chopping and changing things, and we will need to do that with so many matches between now and Christmas."
Stoke also have doubts over the fitness of duo Marc Wilson and Rory Delap who are struggling with hamstring problems.
Pulis said: "We will take a good look at them all in training and make a decision after that.
"With all the matches coming up, we have to be careful with Marc and Rory because although they're making good progress, we don't want to rush them back too soon and then lose them for a longer period if they are not right.
"There are one or two other knocks and niggles, and we need to take a close look at some of the international lads as well.
"It's important to assess how they are feeling because they have been away for the best part of two weeks."