That’s some of the noise coming out of Stoke HQ this week, Peter Coates has said Tony Pulis was interested at one time and could look at him again, and that’s it, loads of Stoke fans creaming their Jeans at the possibility of another old duffer coming to the club to end his years in the limelight gracefully.
Or maybe sitting on the bench more like.
There is no doubt that Owen was good, but can Stoke afford to risk high wages on someone who is likely to end up in traction everytime he lifted his leg? I think not, I think there are better players out there that we could get on the cheap.
If we must go down the route of bringing an older, experienced goal scorer, then surely Yakubu from Blackburn would be the better option? He’s getting on a bit fair enough, but it might surprise you to learn he netted 17 times for Rovers last season, and that was in a side that had been heading for the Championship ever since they gave Steve Kean a job.
What a difference to our points tally another 17 goals would have made.
And I believe that the big man has got a clause in his contract that says he could leave if Rovers went down, and it seems that £2million is the asking price.
Now I don’t proclaim to have the best footballing mind ever, but for me Tony Pulis would be much better off leaving Owen and going for Yakubu.
But what would I know?