Stoke boss Hughes confident Pieters will make instant impact

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is convinced Erik Pieters will quickly settle after his arrival from PSV Eindhoven.

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is convinced Erik Pieters will quickly settle after his arrival from PSV Eindhoven.

Hughes says a left-back was his priority after assessing the squad, which is why he signed both Pieters and 21-year old Marc Muniesa, who has arrived on a free transfer from Barcelona.

He explained: "Looking at the squad it was evident to me there was a lack of naturally left-footed players.

"We needed to address that, and there were good opportunities to bring in the right quality as well. Erik is a bit older and a little more experienced than Marc, but both have played at a good level.

"Erik has played at a top club in the Dutch league so technically, as you would expect, he is very good.

"He is a player I think will adjust very quickly to the Premier League."

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