Rhys Norrington-Davies’s 80-yard dash shows what he brings to Stoke City


Rhys Norrington-Davies has given Stoke City fans a quick demonstration of what he can add to the team in the two games since he joined on loan.

The 21-year-old Wales left-back was recalled by Sheffield United to be let to join Michael O’Neill for the second half of the season and has immediately made a positive impression.

His presence in the absence of Morgan Fox (hamstring) allowed O’Neill to revert to a 4-3-3 at Blackburn Rovers, when he dovetailed with Jordan Thompson and Nick Powell.

And he linked with Powell again last night to set up the opening goal at Rotherham.

He was pretty much on the edge of his own box holding a defensive line when Thompson got the ball in the centre-circle and turned left to feed Powell.

Powell turned to face the Rotherham back line and carried the ball forward while Norrington-Davies burst past Matthew Olosunde and underlapped, zooming into space in the final third.

He tried to play a low first time cross to Jacob Brown but Angus MacDonald got in the way and inadvertently sent a deflection spiralling over Jamal Blackman.

Rhys Norrington-Davies is deep in his own half when Stoke City get on the ball.

Norrington-Davies is still a few yards behind Matthew Olosunde as Nick Powell controls a pass from Jordan Thompson.

See you later.

A perfect pass from Nick Powell into Norrington-Davies’s run.

A cross is turned in by Angus MacDonald.

Stoke went on to draw 3-3, with Rotherham leading 2-1 and 3-2 before Powell – who had also set up the second for Danny Batth – grabbed an equaliser with a header.

Norrington-Davies is hoping to use his spell at Stoke to book a place in Wales’ European Championship squad – and challenge for promotion.

He said last week: I want to be the best player possible – and the aim for this season is to help Stoke get into the play-offs and get promotion, or get into the top two places.

“I’m looking forward to the summer and a lot of football to be played with the Euros coming up. Hopefully if I keep focused, everything will come together.

“I want to be a part of that 100 per cent. It’s one of the biggest tournaments in the world and I’d love to be a part of that. Hopefully this move to Stoke gives me a platform to go to another level, produce new targets and get my name out there.”





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