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Stoke boss Pulis backs Cuvelier to make it

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is confident that Florent Cuvelier will become a key first team player at the club but not until he develops further.

The 19-year old Belgian has not yet played for the Potters' senior side but Pulis suggests he, along with other youngsters at the club, will make it at the top after experiencing another loan spell away from the Britannia Stadium.

"All of them were nowhere near our first team but they went out on loan and showed they could swim," Pulis told the Sentinel.

"Some maintain that level and some drop off, I accept that, but you have to get them out there to test them.

"If we think they are good enough, then we should be getting them out playing football.

"That's why we got him [Cuvelier] out on loan to Walsall in January and he did brilliantly there. But until that point he was struggling in our reserve games.

"It just shows that the quicker we can get them out into league football the better because it either makes or breaks them.

"He's done smashing at Walsall and we will look to get him out again because he doesn't need to be hanging around the reserves.

"Wherever he goes, he needs to be involved; he needs to be at the cutting edge."

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