Stoke City scout slams Tony Pulis' playing style

Stoke City news: Lindsay Parsons unhappy with playing style & transfer action

Alex Batt
Published 04/05/2013 15:03 by Alex Batt, read by 946 people.

Stoke City's chief scout Lindsay Parsons admits he does not like the clubs playing style and suggests the club has gone against his transfer recommendations. 

Parsons has come under a lot of scrutiny recently from fans for 'not recommending small players' to club manager Tony Pulis.

However, the head scout has hit back saying he wanted Pulis to sign the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote.

Parsons has worked with Pulis for nearly all of his career, starting with him at Gillingham and moving with him to clubs such as Bristol City, Portsmouth, Plymouth and now Stoke, but he has revealed that the two still cannot agree when it comes to signing players.

Stoke City are known for their 'route one' tactic aiming for the likes of Jonathan Walters and Peter Crouch up front and they are not known for neat and tidy passing and the style has done them well so far in the Premier League as it has turned them into an established Premier League side, however many fans are starting to become annoyed with the lack of 'small players' helping out with the passing and those fans have taken aim to scout, Parsons.

Hitting back at the critics, Parson has revealed names of the players he wanted Pulis to sign, who they ended up ignoring and those players he has mentioned have gone on to being great Premier League footballers.

On the list are the likes of, Emmanuel Adebayor, now at Tottenham Hotspur, Demba Ba, now at Chelsea, Hatem Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote, now both being at Newcastle United.

Parsons told reporters: "Look at Lionel Messi, he is different class and is he too small? I have recommended players like (Cheick) Tiote, (Hatem) Ben Arfa and (Demba) Ba, but they have not been signed by Stoke and they have done well for other clubs.

"I remember one of the first names I gave to Tony at Stoke was a lightning-quick, 6ft 4in striker called (Emmanuel) Adebayor, but we were in the Championship and we were told the fee of £3m was too much.

"We have loads of disagreements because I don't like the way they play and I will never change on that." 


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