Pulis: Shawcross can improve

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis believes the best is still to come

from highly-rated skipper Ryan Shawcross, saying: “He wants to get


It has been another good week for Shawcross, despite Stoke’s 4-2

defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.

Called up for his first competitive England games – even though

he did not get on in the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino

and Poland – Shawcross also made a positive contribution at Old

Trafford, pressurising Wayne Rooney into the early own goal which

put the visitors in front.

But Pulis is adamant it will not end there for the former United

trainee, who joined Stoke when he left the Red Devils, initially on

loan, in 2007.

“There is always an opportunity to take a player from one of the

big clubs,” he said. “The big clubs spend a hell of a lot of money

on their youth development programmes but there is always a player

there who might get stuck in the traffic of people coming


“Ryan is one of them. He was a great signing and the good thing

is he wants to get better. He has that desire about him.”

Shawcross has previously been linked with a return to United,

while the Chester-born defender is also believed to have attracted

interest from Tottenham.

However Pulis believes, in the short term at least, Shawcross is

happy where he is.

“No chance,” said the Stoke boss of a potential January transfer

window move. “It has been a good marriage. Ryan is our captain and

has been selected for England and he is only just 25.

“We won’t see the best of him for another two or three