Stoke city manager Tony Pulis has said that he is extremely confident that Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios will feel like a new signing if he is able to get his fitness in time for the start of the new season.

The 27-year-old midfielder was a major signing from Tottenham only in the last summer, but he has struggled to get going at the Britannia stadium. He has been unable to get his form going due to the number of injury problems he has suffered over the course of the season. Tony Pulis reckons that the club will feel like having a new signing at the hands if he is able to get his fitness together before the start of the new season.

Despite spending a lot of money on high profile players like Wilson Palacios and Peter Crouch, Stoke city did not manage to get into the top half of the table. The main ambition for Stoke city this season would be to get into the top half of the table, while the possibility of playing in the Europa league once again would be a major boost. Wilson Palacios arrived at the Britannia stadium for £ 6 million from Tottenham only last summer, according to Tottenham news.

“He missed pre-season with us last year, and went about five-and-a-half months in all without playing because of his knee injury. That kind of time out of the game takes its toll, particularly missing pre-season, so he found it very difficult to come straight into a new club and perform to the level he can. It’s so important he does a good pre-season with us so he’s on the starting line with everybody else at the beginning of next season. There is no doubt he’s a good player, as good as Jack Wilshere, that’s why Tottenham paid so much for him three years ago,” said Pulis.