Hajduk Split will be tough - Stoke City striker Walters

Jonathan Walters
Walters was a key figure in Stoke's run to last season's FA Cup final

Stoke striker Jonathan Walters says that Hadjuk Split are one of the toughest sides that they could have drawn in the Europa League.

Tony Pulis' team play the first leg of their third-round qualifier at the Britannia Stadium on Thursday.

Walters told BBC Radio Stoke: "I think it's one of the toughest we could have drawn, when I was younger they were a big, big team.

"Hopefully we'll do well at home and then let's see what happens."

Walters, 27, signed for Stoke last summer for a fee of £2.75m and became the club's joint-top scorer in his first season with 12 goals, along with strike partner Kenwynne Jones.

The two were a regular partnership in the Potters' attack last season and Walters believes the link-up has benefitted both of them.

"If you look at any team, the best strikers are the ones that play in pairs and bounce off each other which is what we try to do," he said.

"We played quite a lot together towards the back end of the season and developed an understanding so hopefully that will continue."

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