Pulis optimistic on Crouch

Reports suggest his celebrity wife Abby Clancy has struggled to adapt to the small, desolate town of Stoke.

“Peter is a great lad and I think you’re pigeon-holing someone just because their picture is in the paper,” Pulis said. “He is a fantastic kid, very down to earth, and we are absolutely delighted to have him – and we’ll have him as a footballer.

“What Peter does in his private life is up to him and he should be able to do what he wants to do within reason. As long as he comes along, trains well, works hard and then does it on a Saturday, we will be absolutely delighted.”