Stoke City: Pulis relaxed about social networking

Stoke manager Tony Pulis admits he finds social networking sites "strange" but says he will not prevent his players sharing their thoughts and images with a global audience.

In a week where Ryan Babel has run into trouble on Twitter, Tuncay, who is known to be frustrated at making only three starts in the Barclays

Premier League this season, posted his top 10 goals on Facebook.

The move prompted speculation that the Turkish playmaker, who scored in the FA Cup draw against Cardiff at the weekend, was keen for a fresh start.

Pulis, however, is relaxed about the situation.

He said: "I think he is selling himself to his manager, I am hoping so. Someone said, though, he hasn't put on all his misses.

"Tuncay is a good player and a great lad. I pick teams to win games and he has been smashing in the last couple of matches. We hope he plays well and scores goals.

"We work on the basis that it is the group that is important not the individual.

"Social networking is just the way of the world. I find it strange but I am traditional. You have to accept time moves on.

"If they want to do it it is up to them. I can't be leaning over them all the time, saying you can't do this, you can't do that. Boys will be boys."

Eidur Gudjohnsen could miss out against Bolton on Saturday as he is suffering from a neck injury.

The Icelandic striker has yet to make a first team start after signing a one-year deal in the summer following his arrival from Monaco.

Pulis insists he has no plans to offload Gudjohnsen in the transfer window and urged the player to remain patient.

"The team has done well and it has been one of those situations where it hasn't dropped or fallen for him, " said the Stoke boss.

"He has been a great pro, worked really hard and the players like him. He has a better level of fitness now than when he joined the club. It is just there is good competition for places."

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