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UPDATED 09:47 30th September 2016

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ERIK PIETERS became Mark Hughes' first signing for the Potters when he completed a switch from PSV Eindhoven in June 2013.

A hugely talented footballer, the Dutch international also boasts an aggressive nature to his game too, making him one of the most accomplished full-backs in the top-flight.

It comes as no surprise that Pieters is one of the most technically gifted players in the squad, given his upbringing in FC Utrecht's famed-Academy.

It was at PSV that he established himself as a competent Eredivisie performer however, making 140 appearances for the European heavyweights, as well as forcing himself into the international equation.

His move to the Potteries gave him the opportunity in the Premier League that he craved, having seen a protracted move to Newcastle fall down earlier in his career.