Brek Shea - The exciting winger who can change Stoke City's image

Brek Shea

Stoke City's new signing Brek Shea could be in line for a debut in their next Premier League game. What should supporters expect?

Stoke City made two signings on deadline day, neither of which have played for the club so far. Jack Butland was loaned back to Birmingham, and American winger Brek Shea has been 'getting up to fitness'.

On Tuesday he appeared for a Stoke reserves side in a behind closed doors friendly with Burnley, and has thrown his name into the hat for next weekend's selection against Fuham.

While admitting he may not quite be 100 per cent, the 22-year-old said he is 'itching to get out there' and is ready if called upon.

It may be a gamble for manager Tony Pulis to bring him in too soon, but Shea showed by scoring in the match with Burnley and playing 89 minutes, he is ready to contribute in some shape or form.

So what can Stoke expect from the winger?

As a left sided player, firstly he won't be able to walk straight into the side, with Matty Etherington established in the position, but Shea will give Stoke another option, and put pressure on the 31-year-old, as nine years his junior.

Shea has pace, crossing ability, and is a quick dribbler with the ball at his feet. He plays with passion and should settle into the Premier League just nicely.

Last season in MLS he had a few injury problems, scoring just three goals, two of which were penalties, but the season before he hit 11 goals in 31 games, scored with both feet although the majority with the left.

An American international, he has played at a high level and at 22, the Premier League is the next natural progression for him. If it goes well, he could become one of his country's biggest stars similar to Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan.

His most exciting asset is his dribbling, Shea is an exciting player who likes a trick, to cut inside, and to take defenders on and make them look silly.

Stoke have repeatedly been criticised for playing dour football, but Shea is the antithesis of that, and his exciting 'on the deck' style of play can help Stoke shed those tired cliches often trotted out about their style.

If he can do that, while still tying into what Stoke do that makes them effective, then he will prove to be an excellent signing. Stoke are solid defensively, but their problem for seasons now has been scoring goals.

Shea won't score prolifically, but he will chip in, and he will certainly provide scoring chances for his teammates and help Stoke's attack become more potent.

You can watch him in action below...

Are you excited to see Shea in action? How will he fit in at Stoke?

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