Manager speaks after handing youngster professional debut...
MARK HUGHES believes 18-year-old Tom Edwards fully deserved to be handed his senior debut in last weekend’s fixture at Premier League table-toppers Manchester City.
The Stafford-born defender was handed a starting berth against Pep Guardiola’s side, lasting 53 minutes of the contest at the Etihad Stadium before his afternoon was cut short due to injury.
In the time he was on the pitch however, the right-back managed to demonstrates his qualities, even laying on the Potters’ second goal with a superb cross for Mame Diouf to head home.
Edwards has been in and around the first team picture since signing a professional contract in the summer and Hughes says he had seen enough in training to feel the time was right to hand him his first senior outing.
“I thought he did really well in difficult circumstances to be perfectly honest,” he expressed.
“He would have played before now if he hadn’t have picked up an injury in pre-season because I think he’s ready to play first team football.
“He’s a player we have high hopes for. He’s certainly not the finished article but he works hard, has an appetite to learn and deserved his opportunity.
On the extent of the Edwards’ injury meanwhile, Hughes added: “He’s picked up a real bang on his ankle as a result of a block tackle and we’ll just have to check on him.
“It’s too early to determine the extent of the injury. We just hope he hasn’t done any significant damage.”
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