"Tony has really brought me on as a defender," said the 20-year-old. "He works with me every day and I can't praise him enough.
"The more experienced players like Dominic [Matteo], Rory [Delap] and Stephen [Wright] have also been helpful and offer me plenty of advice. Since coming to Stoke I think I've progressed in every aspect of my game. There's a lot more to come but obviously I'm a lot stronger player."