Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters has heaped praise on manager Tony Pulis.
The Potters boss has helped guide the un-fancied side to the FA Cup final, and in the process given the 27-year-old forward a decent spell at the top level for the first time in his career.
Walters, who played for Bolton, Hull, Crewe, Barnsley, Scunthorpe, Wrexham, Chester and Ipswich before finding himself at the Britannia Stadium, has been in fine form of late and is vying for a starting spot in the Wembley showpiece after scoring in the 3-1 victory over Arsenal.
He was also on target in the 5-0 semi-final rout of Bolton, a victory that has led many to believe the Potters have a chance against their big-spending opponents, Manchester City.
Pulis hasn't just got the best out of Walters, but a group of players who appeared to be struggling in their respective careers before coming under the guidance of the Welshman.
A mix of players from the promoted Stoke side in 2007 along with signings such as Matthew Etherington, Jermaine Pennant and Kenwyne Jones have helped Stoke become a force in the Barclays Premier League, and a Cup final victory could be the crowning glory for Pulis.
"Tony has got players in who have played at the highest level and, for whatever reason, it's not worked out because of injuries or form or haven't got into the team," Walters told The Sun.
"The gaffer has done well with the players he's brought in. He signs the right sort of characters. He had a core group that came up from the Championship, which they still have to this day. He has just added to it."
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