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Edwards Handed League Debut

Tom Edwards

TOM EDWARDS has been handed his Stoke City debut against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

The Stafford-born right back, who has scooped the U18 Player of the Year award in each of the past two seasons, starts a Premier league encounter for the first time.

The youngster comes into a starting XI which sees boss Mark Hughes revert to a 4-2-3-1 formation as he looks to plot the downfall of the Premier league leaders.

Edwards lines up on the right hand side of a back four that also features summer signings Kurt Zouma and Kevin Wimmer and Dutch international Erik Pieters.

Joe Allen’s absence means United States star Geoff Cameron moves back into a central midfield role, partnering Darren Fletcher.

Mame Diouf occupies a spot in the right flank, Maxim Choupo-Moting continues on the left whilst Xherdan Shaqiri starts in the attacking central midfield position.

Jese, who missed the 2-1 triumph over Southampton two weeks ago, is preferred to both Peter Crouch and Saido Berahino up front.

Stoke City: Butland; Edwards, Zouma, Wimmer, Pieters; Fletcher, Cameron; Diouf, Shaqiri, Choupo-Moting; Jese. Subs: Grant, Martins Indi, Adam, Afellay, Ramadan, Berahino, Crouch.

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