TONY PULIS insists Kenwyne Jones could play in the Champions League if he was more consistent.
Stoke boss Pulis reckons his £8m record signing has all the armoury to be turning out for Manchester United or Chelsea.
Instead, Jones has become a target for the boo-boys after a run of one goal in 13 games.
The giant Trinidad & Tobago ace has looked nothing like the player Chelsea skipper John Terry once branded the “best in the air in the entire Premier League.”
But Pulis is set to unleash Jones on Birmingham today, insisting he has top-four class.
He said: “Kenwyne has been up and down but that’s Kenwyne. If he was spot on every week, he wouldn’t be playing for Stoke – he’d be at one of the top four.
“Players go up and down and you have to accept that.
“He stayed behind on Tuesday doing extra work and after training he was doing his own stuff.
“He wants to do it and we want to help him. He’s part of the family and when things aren’t going well for people in respect of their family, we all rally round.
“Kenwyne just needs a goal to get his confidence back up. We’re sure playing up front with big John Carew will help him and get him back to where he wants to be.”
Stoke will head to St Andrew’s on the back of a stirring 3-2 win over Sunderland that edged them up to ninth.
Their climb has led to some players mentioning Europe next season.
But Pulis said: “We’ll just be keeping our feet on the ground and concentrating on staying up. We might need more than 40 points this season.
“I see some players have been talking about Europe – but we’re quite happy in Stoke-on-Trent at the moment!”