Pulis pursuing pacey frontman
Tony Pulis has set his sights on injecting more pace into the Stoke strikeforce this summer.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 27/07/09 12:16pm
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has set his sights on injecting more pace into his strikeforce before the start of the Premier League season.
Last season's top scorer Ricardo Fuller started pre-season training on Monday after being given an extended break because of his international commitments with Jamaica.
And although his return means Stoke have some valuable speed back in their attack, Pulis wants to bring in another pacey frontman this summer.
James Beattie and Dave Kitson were paired together for Saturday's 2-1 friendly defeat at Preston and Pulis wants more options at his disposal.
"They are very similar players and we could have done with Ric, or someone with pace alongside them, and I'm looking to change that," he told the Sentinel.
"Ric is coming back, but I'm looking for another one if we can. We want someone who's going to threaten in behind and do things.
"We are a few players short, but we are working on it."
Stoke lacked a cutting edge against Preston with new signing Dean Whitehead spurning a great chance on his first appearance for the Potters and Liam Lawrence missing a penalty before Richard Cresswell headed a late consolation.
Despite being on the lookout for a new forward though, Pulis was pleased with the contribution of his strike pairing.
Record signing Kitson, in particular, is out to impress having failed to score in 16 league appearances last season before returning to Reading on loan.
"He's doing well and some of our link-up play was very good," Pulis added.
"And Beats is an experienced pro who looks as though he's going to be in a good position."