Charlie Adam has named the Stoke City team-mate who impressed him the most during his seven years at the club.
Adam, who wound up his Stoke career with yesterday’s late appearance from the bench, says he was privileged to play with many great players, but one stands out above the rest by the sound of it.
He said: “I’ve played with a lot of good players. The usual ones will come to mind. Shawcross, Whelan, Walters.
But (Marko) Arnautovic was special. He was the one that can open a door. For me, he is one top player. Steven Nzonzi, as well, who’s gone on to big things.
“But I loved just getting the ball and getting it to Marko because I knew he had the confidence to go and take people on. You knew if you could get it to him he could go and win you the game.
“Sometimes he was frustrating, but the lad could win you a game and it was a pleasure to play alongside him.
“There’s been a lot changes, losing Crouchy around your dressing room has been tough and that dressing room has got to pick itself up for next season.”
But he remains optimistic that his old club will restore its Premier League status sooner rather than later.
“The players we had under-performed and for a club like this it’s not good enough.
“Changes are going to be made and the manager has earned his right to do that. This club has got a big future, great owners and I wish them all the best.
“It’s been difficult for some players to play here, the pressure of playing for the club, but I’ve enjoyed it and been able to handle the pressure.
“I want to try and manage and coach if I can, but football is first and foremost about playing and I want to play as long as I can.
“I love watching games, going to games and probably sit on the bench and watch games different to the other subs.”
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