Walters - Stoke can win cup
Jon Walters believes Stoke City have the strength in depth to win the Carling Cup this season.
Last Updated: 21/09/10 9:12am
Jon Walters believes Stoke City have the strength in depth in their squad to win the Carling Cup this season.
The Potters were League Cup winners back in 1972 and made it to the fourth round last season, having reached the quarter-finals the year before.
Tony Pulis' side play host to Premier League rivals Fulham on Tuesday in the third round of this year's tournament and Walters is keen to make progress.
Walters, who scored in the 2-1 success over Shrewsbury Town in the previous round, is optimistic Stoke have the potential to make it all the way to Wembley.
"When you look at our squad, we have a realistic chance of going all the way," the summer signing told the club's official website.
"The cup competitions are fantastic for the players because they give you an opportunity to do something special and possibly go on to win some silverware.
"You obviously need the luck of the draw, but we do have the quality here to cause any team problems, and when the game is a one-off, anything can happen."
He added: "We would love to go to Wembley, play in a final and win major honours, which is what you want as a professional footballer.
"Whether it is this season or another season, hopefully I can help this football club to achieve something."
Fulham demonstrated their cup pedigree by reaching last season's Europa League final, and with Mark Hughes' side still unbeaten this term, Walters is expecting them to provide a stern test.
"They have some very good players, so we know how difficult it is going to be," Walters said.
"They have had a decent start to the season, and they know how to handle cup competitions. Just look at how they performed last season in Europe."