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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.

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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