Thursday, September 19, 2019

Stoke boss Pulis defends Olofinjana signing

Nigeria midfielder Seyi Olofinjana joined Premier League newcomers Stoke City on Saturday for three million pounds (six million dollars) on Saturday.

The 28-year-old, who has joined on a four-year deal from Wolves, arrives at the Britannia Stadium just days after manager Tony Pulis paid a club record 5.5 million pounds for former Reading striker Dave Kitson.

But Pulis was adamant Olofinjana would be well worth the money, telling the club’s official website, www.stokecityfc.co.uk: “Seyi is a great acquisition for this football club and I am delighted he chose to join us ahead of several other top-flight clubs.

“He is a player we think will enhance the squad and again it shows our ambitions to be competitive in the Premier League.”

Pulis’s view was backed up by Wolves boss Mick McCarthy: “He’s a Premier League player and if he gets the opportunity he’ll go on.

“Everyone I’ve spoken to, I’ve said ‘take him’ because if I was a Premier League manager I’d sign him. He’s that good.”

Former Republic of Ireland manager McCarthy added: “He’ll probably be even better in the Premier League than he was in the Championship.”

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