Pulis shrugs off Tuncay talk

Boss says group comes first amid reports Tuncay wants to leave

Tuncay: Wants regular starts

Tuncay: Wants regular starts

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Stoke boss Tony Pulis insists the group is more important than the individual amid reports Tuncay Sanli wants to leave the Potters.

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Reports suggest the Turkish star, who has only started three Premier League games this season, posted his best 10 goals up on a social networking site in an attempt to secure a move away from the Britannia.

While Pulis understands Tuncay's frustration at not starting regularly, he insists the group must come first when it comes to picking a team.

The Stoke boss told Sky Sports News: "I think he's selling himself to his manager, I think, I'm hoping so!

"Obviously Tunny's been a good player and he is a good player but as I've said before, I pick teams to win games and Tunny's played the last couple of games and done smashing.

"If he plays then we hope he does well and we hope he scores goals.

Equation

"But there's loads of things that goes in the equation of picking a football team and, like I say, today you're dealing with people who sometimes their egos are far, far in excess of what the reality of the team and the group and the club that you're working with.

"We've always been a club that has worked on the basis that it is the group that's important and not the individual.

"And whether it's Eidur (Gudjohnsen), whether it's Tunny, whether it's Kenwyne Jones or Ricardo (Fuller), the group will always come first for me.

"But you have to deal with it and he's a great lad Tunny, same as Eidur, they are really, really good lads but they want to play every week and you can't blame them for that."