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Hughes: Stoke can attract more quality like Jese

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says he can uncover more quality signings similar to Jese after his matchwinning debut against Arsenal.

Hughes, fresh from seeing Jese bag Saturday's winner on debut against Arsenal, says it's important such targets know he's the one picking the team because he can then back up his promises to them.

"In the past we couldn't get anywhere near this type of player, but now we can," said Hughes.

"We are actually viewed differently in terms of agents and representatives of this kind of player, we just need an opportunity.

"If we get in the room with these agents and players of Jese's ilk then we can pitch really, really well, and we can make them aware of what we can offer.

"They know they can get similar work to what they get at the top clubs, because that's my background, that's what I've experienced as a player, I know what they need.

"And clearly they want to know the manager is the one making the decision because he is the guy who is obviously going to pick or not pick them. That is important.

"Sitting down in front of these guys and pitching is an important part of the process. For the most part my strike rate has been ok. I've missed out on a few, I haven't been able to convince everybody, but for the most part I have done alright."

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