Stoke's Philipp Wollscheid on biggest Premier League challenges

Stoke City new boy Philipp Wollscheid is still coming terms to with life in the Premier League.

Stoke City new boy Philipp Wollscheid has been discussing the challenges posed by a move to the Premier League on the club’s official website.

The German centre-half is a January arrival at the Britannia Stadium and has found himself thrown in at the deep end.

He has swapped life in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen for that in the English top-flight.

Mark Hughes has handed the 25-year-old four successive starts, with Stoke showing plenty of faith in his ability.

Wollscheid has settled quickly and enjoyed his first taste of the special atmosphere generated at home games against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

He admits to enjoying his early experiences in England, but admits the weather and the speed of the game has taken some getting used to.

Wollscheid told the club’s official website: “It was a little difficult with the bad conditions because the wind was blowing and the pitch was getting softer and softer so it was what you would call a real ugly win.

“We didn’t have very good ball possession in the second half because the conditions made it really difficult but in the end we won so it was ok.

“The Premier league is very fast, I knew it would be because we watch it very often in Germany on the TV.

"You see many games like today where the conditions make it difficult but we got the win that we worked really hard for.”

Wollscheid would appear to be another solid purchase by Stoke.

Hughes has enjoyed a productive run in the transfer market, with the vast majority of those drafted into his ranks making a positive impression.

His scouting department have done a good job with Wollscheid, as he possesses all of the attributes required to be a success.

He is a powerful centre-half who will be strong in the air, helping to keep the back door bolted while providing a threat from set-pieces at the opposite end of the field.

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