Macari: Stoke ace Adam rewarded from extra fitness work

Former Manchester United captain Lou Macari was delighted for Charlie Adam after his two-goal performance in Stoke City's win on Saturday.

Former Manchester United captain Lou Macari was delighted for Charlie Adam after his two-goal performance in Stoke City's win on Saturday.

Macari says Adam is reaping the rewards of his extra fitness training.

He wrote in The Sentinel: "There’s no secret to it. Talent and a good footballing brain is all well and good, but unless you’ve got the body and the willingness to get around a football pitch, it’s all pretty useless.

"Adam is simply reaping the rewards for hard work Monday to Friday and there must be a lesson there for any footballer at whatever level of the game.

"There’s no tougher job physically than playing in a midfield two and being expected to get up and down that pitch.

"But Adam did that pretty well as far as I could see against Manchester United on Saturday and certainly gives the manager far more options as a result."

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