Stafylidis Capture Pleases Boss

Kostas Stafylidis

PAUL LAMBERT says the addition of Kostas Stafylidis adds further quality and competition for places to his backline.

The highly-rated Greek international joined the Potters on loan until the end of the season

Thursday morning after a deal was struck with German Bundesliga side FC Augsburg 24 hours earlier.

Speaking to the media shortly before confirming the capture, Lambert spoke of his delight at further bolstering his defensive options.

“I think he is a really good left back, he has a lot of energy which I think we need and he adds competition,” the Scotsman said.

“He is in competition with other lads, he knows that too, and that is important because it takes everyone’s levels up that little bit more."

“I will have to see how fit he is and how he is feeling himself because he hasn’t played a great deal of football recently.

“It is funny because I was actually in Augsburg not long ago with Steffan Reuter, who I played with at Dortmund, and he invited me along to watch training.

“I obviously saw him then and was impressed and as it happened he had been flagged up here at the Club too, so it all fell together perfectly.”