‘Great move’ – Inside line from Wales into Stoke City new boys Matondo and Norrington-Davies


Wales coach Rob Page believes Stoke City have done good business in bringing in two of his brightest hopes.

Page has seen Stoke’s squad swell to seven of his internationals thanks to the January arrivals of Rabbi Matondo and Rhys Norrington-Davies.

He knows both new signings well after overseeing their progress in youth and senior football and is excited about their potential.

Norrington-Davies, aged 21, who has completed a loan move from Sheffield United, is in line to make his debut at left-back when Stoke head to Blackburn Rovers.

“Rhys is a tremendous character,” Page, the former Port Vale boss who took caretaker charge of Wales in November, told StokeonTrentLive.

“He’s gone out and done the hard yards over the last couple of years to help his development. He went on loan to Barrow rather than play in Sheffield United under-23s, he went to Rochdale last year and has spent half-a-season at Luton.

“He’s absolutely worked his way up and he deserves this move. It’s a great move for him and for the club.”

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He added: “We’ve already given him his senior debut for Wales. He was first class. There is always room for improvement and knowing him as a lad as I do, I know he’ll be desperate to get everything out of himself.

“He trains as he plays, he doesn’t know any other way, and the fans will take to him quickly because he represents the supporters on the pitch. Anything they ask he will give in abundance.

“You will enjoy watching him run down the wing. He’s athletic, he’s got a great engine on him, he likes to get forward and get crosses in the box. I think it’s a great move.”

Winger Matondo, aged 20, has arrived on loan from Schalke and made a cameo appearance in last weekend’s FA Cup defeat to Leicester.

“He’s got pace, he’s absolutely got pace,” said Page.

“He’s another young player who’s got to learn and he’s learning every day. Supporters will have to be patient because there are some matches when he will get you on the edge of your seat and you’ll be thrilled and some games when he’ll be quieter.

“That comes as part of his development. He’s a tremendous asset and I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes.”

Joe Allen (56 caps), Adam Davies (2), James Chester (35), Sam Vokes (14) and Morgan Fox (7) complete the Wales contingent – a number high enough that Page might have to get himself a regular seat at the bet365 Stadium.

He said: “With Joe coming back to full fitness as well it seems that Stoke are in a good place.

“I’ve already been a couple of times recently and I might have to pop over more regularly.”





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