UPDATED 10:04 30th September 2016
ONE of the most recognisable names in European football, Ibrahim Afellay was a firm contender for the Player of the Year crown during his maiden campaign in English football before sustaining an untimely injury.
The talented Dutch international made a seamless adjustment to Premier League football, with his quality on the ball and his calm approach to the game helping him find his feet at the bet365 Stadium in super-quick fashion.
Not that it should have come as a surprise however, with the forward having played, and impressed, during spells with PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Schalke and Olympiacos prior to his switch to the Potteries in 2015.
He has helped three of those four sides to league championships, whilst the remainder of his impressive CV, which boasts 15 major crowns, includes the 2011 Champions League and four successive Eredivisie titles.
He harbours ambitions of further swelling that list during his time in England, although his immediate priorities lie firmly on returning back to full fitness after sustaining a serious injury in training in April.