Stoke hired Scottish manager Paul Lambert earlier this week and he is strengthening the squad already. First on his list was Augsburg defender Kostas Stafylidis, and the deal was done earlier today. The Greek International left back is only 24 years old, and he will bring lots of energy to the team.
The Potters have condeded 50 goals so far this season, the worst record in the Premier League. So, it is no surprise that Lambert's first move was to add reinforcements at the back. Stafylidis is his first signing, and he already has experience on these shores following a successful loan spell with Fulham.
Stafylidis To Bring Competition For Places At Stoke
Paul Lambert revealed that he was very happy that Stoke were in for Stafylidis in his first press conference as Stoke manager. Speaking before the move had been finalised he said: “I think he's a really good left-back. He's got loads of energy which I think we need.”
“It puts competition into the team which I think is really important, so he's going to come here and hopefully everything goes OK. He'll be in competition with the other lads but I think that's important to generate and hopefully later on today that'll go through.”
Stoke Better Than Their EPL Position Suggests
Stoke are currently 3rd from bottom and if the Premier League season was over tomorrow they would go down. Luckily for them there are still lots of games to come, and they have the necessary quality to stay up. They caused Utd plenty of problems at Old Trafford, especially in the first half.
If Stoke can maintain that level of performance for the rest of the season they will stay up comfortably. They have players like Shaqiri in their squad, and they will be hoping Stephen Ireland builds on his brilliant display against Utd. If Lambert can get all his players singing from the same hymn-sheet, survival should be no problem for Stoke.