Stoke signing Phil Bardsley: We are the fastest team I have played in

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Stoke City's Phil Bardsley believes that the Potters have more pace than any other team he has been involved with.

Stoke City's summer recruit Phil Bardsley says that he has never been involved in a team which has so much pace at their disposal.

The Potters have a lot of speed off the flanks and Bardsley has moved to praise this quality in their team today.

The likes of Mame Biram Diouf and Victor Moses were added over the summer and Bardsley believes they have made Stoke the quickest team he has ever played in. 

"I don't think I've ever been involved in a team that's got so much pace on the counter-attack," he said to the Sentinel. 

"In Victor Moses, Oussama Assaidi and Marko Arnautovic we've got some pace and quality out wide.

"With the energy we've got going forward, we are going to score goals.

Moses picked up an injury more recently and Bardsley says that he cannot wait to have the Nigerian back in the side.

"It's a disappointment Victor getting injured (v Sunderland) because I thought that would be a perfect game for him.

"It wasn't to be, but hopefully we can get him back on the pitch and get them wide men flying again."

Stoke have generally impressed so far this season, but they have been surprisingly inconsistent.

Although they are making rapid improvements to their game under Mark Hughes' tutelage, they have dropped points in uncharacteristic fashion.

This is something which will need to be amended, but the signs are that a repeat of last season's top-half finish is well within their grasp.

The side take on Swansea City at home this weekend and they will be looking to return to winning ways after slipping up against Sunderland in their last fixture before the international break. 

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