Bale and Ronaldo would suit Stoke’s style of play, claims Pulis

Stoke City's Tony Pulis launches a staunch defence of the Potters, insisting Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo would suit their style

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Tony Pulis has claimed Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo would be suited to Stoke City’s style of play as the Potters boss defends his record this season.

Stoke are just three points clear of 18th-placed Wigan Athletic after plummeting towards the relegation zone following a run of just one win in 11 outings in the Premier League.

The Potters suffered an emphatic 3-1 loss to relegation rivals Aston Villa on Saturday, prompting Pulis to be criticised for his side’s poor form.

But the Stoke manager says he does not have the funds to overhaul his squad and insists it takes time to see the effect of small changes over a number of seasons.

“A lot people have an opinion about my style and, yes, I do like to move the ball quickly,” Pulis told the Sun.

“My preference is to play with width and have people down the sides with pace. I want us to get the ball out to players who can excite the crowd.

“I want to encourage wingers to run down the pitch and get crosses in and I like to see centre-forwards in the box putting those chances away.

“But it’s about who you can afford to bring in.

“If I had an open chequebook and someone said you can have Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, people of that ilk, fine – they would suit my style brilliantly. But we’re Stoke City and we work within a budget we can afford.”

He added: “You don’t just wake up one morning and say ‘We’re changing our entire style of playing today’.

“It takes time for a club to evolve – three, four, maybe even five years in some cases.

“You can’t just sign two players and say we’re a different side now.”

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