PAUL LAMBERT has made his first signing as Stoke supervisor by finishing a deal for Augsburg left-back Kostas Stafylidis.
The brand new Stoke boss has wasted no time shoring up the Premier League’s worst defence, which has now shipped 50 targets after Monday’s Three-Zero defeat in opposition to Manchester United.
Lambert studied Augsburg’s coaching strategies throughout his seven-month absence from the sport however admits that’s not how the deal for the 24-year-old Greek worldwide happened.
Lambert stated: “I believe he’s a very good left again with a great deal of vitality which we want. He’ll push competitors for locations throughout the group which is what we want.
“I don’t know if he shall be prepared to begin in opposition to Huddersfield on Saturday. I’ve to see how match he’s as a result of he hasn’t performed for a few months.
“However his final recreation was in opposition to Bayern Munich and he’s an skilled lad so we are going to wait and see how he appears.
“It’s humorous as a result of I used to be over in Augsburg in October, watching them practice.
“My previous Borussia Dortmund teammate Stefan Reuter is Augsburg’s Sporting Director and invited me over.
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“Kostas was coaching that day however I used to be extra all in favour of their common coaching strategies and didn’t pay as a lot consideration to particular person gamers.
“Nonetheless the membership have been watching him for a while and I believed he appeared good from what I’ve seen.”
The Greek worldwide, who’s a free-kick specialist, will be a part of on mortgage till the tip of the season and supply cowl and competitors for Erik Pieters, who has missed 5 of Stoke’s final six video games by means of damage.
Lambert says he’ll give everybody in his squad a good likelihood of proving their dismal type thus far was a blip they will recuperate from – together with comeback midfielder Stephen Eire.
The injury-cursed Stoke midfielder was a part of Lambert’s notorious ‘Bomb-squad,’ at Aston Villa which was pressured to coach away from the primary group as Randy Lerner tried to dump a few of Villa’s greatest earners.
However Lambert says Eire’s state of affairs at Stoke is completely different and he’ll begin with a clear sheet of paper, in frequent with the remainder of Stoke’s squad.
The Scot stated: “I have to be truthful to the lads who’re already right here and allow them to present me what they will do as a result of they’re a gifted group who simply want a little bit of assist in the mean time.
“If I can usher in one or two new gamers I’ll however January is just not usually a great month for transfers and I wish to be sure everyone seems to be working collectively and I don’t have too many gamers to utilise.
“I by no means had an issue with Stephen Eire at Aston Villa. We by no means had one cross phrase.
“I do know he has had damage points right here for the final 20 months and he’s been thrown in on the deep finish just lately.
“However I do know he’s a expertise and we should watch we don’t burn him out too rapidly as a result of it’s good to see him again. He’s the form of participant who could make issues occur.
“He’s a gifted footballer who simply wants some video games to get again to his greatest.”