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UPDATED 10:18 30th September 2016

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AN undoubted talent, Giannelli Imbula has already shown why Mark Hughes forked out a Club record £18M for his services.

Calm and collective on the ball, the Belgian-born central midfielder has drawn comparisons with Yaya Toure for his ability to turn defence into attack with his driving runs forward with the ball at his feet.

He made an immediate impact in the Potteries following his big money move from Porto in January 2016, earning the man of the match award on his home debut against Everton and then capping off his first away game with his maiden goal in a 3-1 win at Bournemouth.

The 24-year-old will be determined to build upon his hugely encouraging first six months in the Premier League, having first caught the eye of Mark Hughes in a pre-season friendly for Porto.

He lined up against the Potters in a warm-up tournament in Germany in the summer of 2015, and after he became available just six months into his spell at Porto, the Welshman wasted no time in swooping for the former Guingamp and Marseille man.