Credit deserved for Stoke City's American hero

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New signing Geoff Cameron has adapted with ease to life at Stoke City, showing that you don't have to be a big name multi-million signing to make an impression in the Premier League.

He may once have been an 'MLS All Star', but Geoff Cameron is an unassuming player whose reputation is still minor rather than major here in the UK.

If he continues his impressive early season performances for Stoke, that may be about to change, for he has so far slotted straight into place at the Britannia Stadium.

A centre-back by trade, it is Cameron's versatility which has, and will continue to make him so useful for Stoke.

With Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth holding down the positions in central defence, Cameron will have to bide his time for a chance there, and has instead taken up a role as a defensive midfielder, and latterly as a right-back with the suspension on Andy Wilkinson.

Cameron played at right-back for Stoke against Swansea on Saturday, as the Potters chalked up their first win of the season, keeping a clean sheet in a 2-0 win.

The new addition to the club's ranks is no young gun, at 27, he should be approaching the peak of his career, and taking the bold move to swap hot dogs for Oatcakes in by moving from America to Staffordshire is looking a wise one so far/

A USA international, he joins the ranks of Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel, and Eric Lichaj in Americans currently playing their football in the Premier League, or the EPL, as it is known Stateside.

The big concern for Stoke is whether he tires. With the MLS having a season running at differing times to the Premier League, it has meant Cameron has jumped straight from his former club Houston Dynamo to Stoke City with no pre-season break. However you would expect a manager of Pulis' experience to manage such a scenario effectively and rest him when the time is right.

So far the American has played in five Premier League games out of six, all five he has been available for after missing the cut off against Reading for the season opener, although he featured only as a late substitute against Manchester City.

His progress is encouraging, and statistics show he is in the top five players in the Premier League for successful tackles made with 22. Marc Wilson is the closest Stoke player with 18.

For £1.6 million all the early signs are that Stoke City have bagged themselves a summer bargain, and Cameron is a name to watch as the season progresses.

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