Former Stoke man Danny Higginbotham says Leicester have taken their best defender in Robert Huth

Stoke Britannia Stadium

The Premier League veteran feels Stoke made a mistake in allowing the German centre-half to leave.

As Stoke City prepare to welcome Leicester City to the Britannia Stadium this weekend, former defender Danny Higginbotham has offered some interesting thoughts on returning defender Robert Huth.

The German was allowed to link up with Leicester over the summer as Stoke deemed him surplus to requirements, and he has been an integral part of the Foxes' excellent start to the new campaign. In fact, Huth is just one of four players to have played every minute of every Premier League game since Claudio Ranieri took over.

Now, offering his thoughts to the Sentinel, Higginbotham has declared that letting Huth leave was a mistake, as it could be argued that he was the best option that Stoke had.

"Once you take the injured Ryan Shawcross out of the equation, you could argue that Leicester now have Stoke's best defender," the 36-year-old said.

"I can understand Mark Hughes wanting a more ball-playing centre half alongside Ryan (Shawcross), but I maintain it was still a mistake to let Robert Huth leave."

The Potters have conceded seven goals so far this season; the same amount as bottom club Newcastle United. And just like their fellow relegation zone dwellers, they are yet to win a fixture in the league.

On the other hand, Stoke's weekend opponents Leicester are flying at the other end of the table. With Huth at the heart of Ranieri's defence, they are the only unbeaten team other than Manchester City, and currently sit in second place following a terrific start.

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