Beattie eyes top-flight ton
James Beattie is eager to establish Stoke in the Premier League and wants to reach a century of goals.
Last Updated: 24/07/09 11:48am
James Beattie is determined to establish Stoke in the Premier League and wants to reach a century of top-flight goals.
The Potters forward proved to be an inspirational purchase during the January transfer window as his seven goals in 16 appearances guided Tony Pulis' men away from the drop zone.
Stoke ended the campaign on a hugely respectable 45 points, 11 clear of the relegation places, having been widely tipped for an immediate return to the Championship.
Beattie's initial aim is to ensure the Britannia Stadium outfit remain clear of the bottom three once again, but also has a personal milestone in his sights.
The former Southampton, Everton and Sheffield United striker is just 11 away from becoming only the 17th player to score 100 Premier League goals.
Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes - who are both on 98 - are close to joining the exclusive club and Beattie is eager to follow suit.
"A target of 15-plus goals is what a striker is always going to be looking for in the Premier," Beattie told the Stoke Sentinel.
"If Matty Etherington and Liam Lawrence, or whoever is playing on the wing, get balls in, then I've always said I back myself to get goals.
"I'm on 89 Premier League goals at the moment. There's a lot of good names with more than 100 and to get there would be a proud moment.
"To get to 100 goals is a personal thing, but the main ambition is to maintain our Premier League status and then get more points than last season."
Pulis wants his squad to improve on last term's impressive efforts and avoid any fears of second season syndrome.
"The gaffer has set us the challenge to get more points than last year," Beattie added.
"He says that only two teams in the Premier League have done that in their second season.
"He's laid down the gauntlet and we will be doing our best to fulfil his dreams."