Pulis: Owen has been a pleasure to work with

The Stoke City manager has hailed the striker's attitude, despite the former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United forward failing to make an impact for his side

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has rubbished reports implying that Michael Owen has a negative attitude, instead praising the former Manchester United striker.

Owen joined The Potters in the summer as a free agent, signing a one-year contract. But, due to injury, the striker has only played 54 minutes' worth of first-team football.

However, Pulis has revealed that the forward is expected to be involved in Stoke's FA Cup third round clash against Crystal Palace, having regained match fitness.

Pulis told reporters: “Michael’s not a Big-Time Charlie at all. Some who have achieved what he has achieved in football could fall into that trap.

“Peter Crouch is the same. There’s not been an ounce of problem with him.

“We’ve done okay as a club anyway, but Michael has been a part of it over Christmas without me selecting him.

“He’s been available so hopefully I’ll get him involved somehow today. But his attitude hasn’t surprised me and I think the players like him in the way he is, he’s a decent lad.

“I don’t think Michael sees this as a big chance to prove people wrong. He just wants to play football and he has to be fully fit to do that.

“We have to get him in that position first but he’s been a pleasure to work with.”