‘Early days’ – Young Stoke City star on the next step for the Potters


Stoke City youngster Harry Souttar has called on his teammates to build on their good start to the season.

The club sit in eighth position in the league at the moment, just four points off top place.

Speaking to the club’s website, Souttar was accepting the Player of The Month award as voted for by the fans.

He stated: “I think any award voted for by the fans means the most.

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“Obviously it was a good month for me, and you could say the same for the team as well. We picked up a few good results.

“We just have to build on that now. It’s early days, and we still have a lot of games to play, particularly after the international break where it’s Saturday, Tuesday all the way up to Christmas.

“We know it’s going to be busy, but as a squad there is nothing better than playing every couple of days and that’s what we want to do.”

The 22-year-old Australian had a great month, just weeks after making his debut for the club.

His form has impressed manager Michael O’Neill, who commented: “Harry came back and I said to him that going back on loan would mean he’s back in a year with the same situation.

‘Why don’t you just grasp the opportunity, try to get in the team?’

“We drip fed him in using the cup games to begin with and he found his way into the starting XI. I said to him that he just has to keep up the levels he’s been doing.

“Sometimes young players drop off a little bit. He can’t allowed that to happen.

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“He’s a player blessed with great natural attributes. Obviously his height but also he’s got good game intelligence and he’s a great user of the ball as well.

“That’s something which I think will set him apart from the other defenders in this league.”





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