GEOFF CAMERON certainly lived up to his Potters Matchday Magazine billing as the 'Star In Stripes' with a Man-of-the-Match debut against Arsenal . . . but he believes that is only the first step to becoming a big favourite at the Britannia Stadium
Cameron's eye-catching Premier League debut was all the more impressive when you consider that it was produced little more than 48 hours after he had arrived in the United Kingdom, having completed the final formalities of his move to the Club.
The 27-year-old American international quickly endeared himself to the City supporters with his energetic performance in the centre of midfield and was delighted to hear one or two chants of "USA, USA" during the encounter with the Gunners.
"It was a dream for me to be out there, playing in my first Premier League against a team like Arsenal," he commented after the goalless draw. "It was a proud moment for me and I was obviously delighted when I was told that I would be starting.
"It was intense out there, and I could feel my legs tightening up the longer the match went on. I came through it though, we got a point and I think we can be happy with that."
He added: "Arsenal had chances, but so did we. We had a couple of great opportunities, but the ball didn't drop for us, and when it did the official ruled the goal out for offside.
"There is room for improvement; no matter what the result is, there is always ways to get better. I'm sure we will become stronger as we go on, but a point against Arsenal is a good result."
Despite his impressive start, Cameron insists that there is room for improvement as far as he is concerned as he adjusts to the pace and demands of the Premier League.
"Personally, I was pleased with the performance," he commented. "Obviously, the more I play with the guys, the better our understanding will be. So, hopefully today was the first step, and now we can hopefully build upon that and continue to get better collectively.
I'm just so happy to be here now as a Stoke City player. It's been a long road to get here with the visa issues and biometrics tests etc, but thankfully all of that got cleared up."
He added: "It's a big move for me to come across from the States, but I am ready for this challenge. It is going to be tough, but I am ready to show that I am capable of playing at this level. It's an exciting challenge and one that really excites me."