Pulis: The best of Shawcross is still to come

The Stoke City manager has heaped praise on his captain who he believes will get even better in years to come, though he's aware there is a danger of him leaving the club
Despite Stoke City losing 4-2 at Manchester United, Ryan Shawcross had another good week as he received his first competitive call-up for England and pressured Wayne Rooney into scoring an own-goal on Saturday too.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis is happy with his captain, who originally started his career at Old Trafford before leaving in 2007, to the regret of Sir Alex Ferguson who has admitted that he is a fan of the 25-year-old.

"There is always an opportunity to take a player from one of the big clubs," Pulis told reporters.

"The big clubs spend a hell of a lot of money on their youth development programmes but there is always a player there who might get stuck in the traffic of people coming through.

"Ryan [Shawcross] is one of them. He was a great signing and the good thing is he wants to get better.

"He has that desire about him."

The defender has impressed with his recent form, which has led to questions being raised about his future at the Britannia stadium.

However, Pulis believes Shawcross is happy where he is.

"No chance," said the Stoke manager of a possible January transfer.

"It has been a good marriage. Ryan is our captain and has been selected for England and he is only just 25.

"We won't see the best of him for another two or three years."