Stoke city legend Denis Smith has said that he is a big fan of the defensive pairing of Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth. Stoke city have managed to establish themselves as one of the Premier league clubs.

They were initially expected to go straight back down in the Championship, but the fact that they have spent close to £ 20 million in the last summer transfer window shows the progress they have made as a club. They are once again expected to challenge for a European spot the season. Stoke city experienced the first taste of European football this season after qualifying for the Europa league.

One of the main backbones of the excellent period Stoke city have been having in recent times is due to the quality of the defensive players like Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth. The Stoke city legend Denis Smith has said that he is a big fan of the two players. The former Chelsea defender Robert Huth arrived at the club from Middlesbrough for around £ 5 million. He has been so influential within the Stoke city team that it was recently revealed that Bayern Munich are interested in signing the German in the summer. Ryan Shawcross, meanwhile, was a £ 1 million signing from Manchester United.

“Sometimes in your career you get to play with someone who you are comfortable with. Ryan and Huthy click and work together just like myself and ‘Bluto’ did. I am delighted Huthy has signed a new contract. That’s brilliant news for Stoke fans. He is a good around the dressing room and is a strong character. He is also good for Ryan, who people forget is young for a central defender,” said Smith. Robert Huth has represented the German national team on a few occasions in the past, but was not selected for the Euro 2012.