Edu desperate for Stoke chance

The American international is yet to make his debut for the Potters but insists he is eager to show manager Tony Pulis what he is capable of when he finally gets his opportunity
United States international Maurice Edu admits Premier League football has exceded his expectations, despite having not yet made his Stoke City debut.

Having spent five years with Scottish giants Rangers, the 26-year-old recently penned a a long-term deal with the Potters to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing in England's top flight.

 “I haven’t made my debut yet, but from the sidelines you can sense the atmosphere and quality of play on the pitch and it is absolutely incredible,” he told the club's official website.

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“It’s obviously something I am desperate to become involved in over the next few weeks and months.

“As a kid I watched Premier League games on TV from back in the States and I always dreamt that one day I would come over here and get a chance to show what I can do.

“I have that opportunity now thanks to Stoke City, and I am determined to take it with both hands. It’s not going to be easy, because the teams here are all top, top class, but I am relishing the challenge.”

The defensive midfielder began his footballing career at the University of Maryland back in 2004 and played for the Maryland Terrapins, who won the NCAA College Cup in 2005.

He cut short his time at college to join Toronto FC in the MLS in the 2007 Super Draft and made 25 appearances in his debut season, scoring four goals, on his way to winning the Rookie of the Year award.

Edu has since gone on to make 40 appearances for the national side and joined Rangers for a fee of £2.6million back in 2008, before completing his switch to the Britannia Stadium this summer.

“I’ve been working hard in training and I feel comfortable here now, having had a few weeks training with and getting used to all of the lads," he added.

“Hopefully I get my chance to play some games soon, and then it’s down to me to put in the performances to justify a regular position in the team.”