Monday, 29 October 2012

Michael Owen Promised Improved Stoke Role

Michael Owen has been promised his role at Stoke is not going to be restricted to the job of supersub.

Owen's only action since signing for the Potters has been four outings off the bench - a total of 53 minutes game time.

But boss Tony Pulis insists his lack of action is simply down to Owen's need to build up his fitness.

He said: “He is getting better and he is looking stronger. But we will use Michael when it is right to use him.

“He came on at Old Trafford the other week and might have scored but for Robin van Persie's clearance.

“But when he plays will all be down to what is right for the team.

“The most important thing is that we get him to a point in his fitness where he is ready to play.”

Owen missed pre-season training having left Manchester United in the summer and not signing up for the Potters until September.

And he needs to get in shape as Pulis runs a tight ship when it comes to fitness.

The Stoke boss plays a hard running style of football and failing to hit fitness targets means players are left on the fringes.

Watch Michael Owen in goal scoring action:


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