ON-LOAN striker John Guidetti says he is ready to make his first start in this weekend’s home clash against West Ham United.
The Swedish international could be called upon in the absence of Jon Walters, who serves the first of a three match suspension after being sent off at Norwich last weekend.
Guidetti has appeared five times since joining in January and admits he will respect whatever decision Mark Hughes makes in his team selection.
“I feel ready to play, football isn’t my job, it’s what I love to do” he told Stoke City Player.
“If called upon, I will do my absolute best. I definitely feel fit and ready, if I didn’t I would never have joined on-loan.
“If I can help contribute from the bench or even in a starting role, I will always give it my all and help get points on board for the good of the team.
“I need to keep working hard and hopefully I can get my chance, but I fully respect the manager’s decision because it’s about the good of the team, not any individual.
“The Premier League is the best league in the world and the manager knows what he is doing” he went on to say.
Stoke have only been beaten twice in the Premier League at the Britannia Stadium this season and Guidetti is confident the Potters can keep up their impressive home form going into the encounter with the Hammers on Saturday.
“West Ham are a tough side who have picked themselves up after a poor run of form over Christmas.
“We are always strong at home as we have shown this season, so we know we are a match for anyone and we can beat anybody on our day.
“The fans create such a great atmosphere that spurs us on and if we play the way we have been playing in recent weeks, then I think we have a really good chance of winning the game.
The 21-year-old is tipped to become the next rising star of Swedish football and supporters have taken to social media to highlight the potential of the former Feyenoord front man.
Guidetti revealed that he has seen the encouraging messages and is thankful for the support back in Scandinavia and on the Potteries.
“I do read all the messages the fans put on the internet, it’s great to have that kind of support.
“It’s always nice to read people’s thoughts and that they are taking a keen interest in my career.
“I can’t thank the support enough, it truly makes me happy and I hope I can repay the faith shown in me out on the football pitch."