Stoke City defensive stalwart Robert Huth has hailed the club’s transfer business in the summer and welcomed the arrival of defensive pairing Marc Muniesa and Erik Pieters to the Britannia Stadium.
The German international had been a regular in the four man defense of the club under Tony Pulis since he signed for the club from Middlesbrough back in 2009 but now faces increased competition to secure a first team spot under new manager Mark Hughes, who is already trying to stamp his own authority on the club with the signing of two new players and negotiations underway for another couple of signings.
Muniesa, the former Barcelona defender, can play at the centre of the defense as well as at left back while Pieters is primarily a left wing back. And speaking to the official website of the club, Robert Huth stated that it is always good to have competition for places because it improves the individual game.
The former Chelsea man went on to state that the game is on and added that all the places that were occupied last season under Pulis are now up for grabs with a new man in charge. He mentioned that he needs to keep his head together and stay in shape and then see what happens. Huth mentioned that he had only seen Muniesa and Pieters before taking a look at them first hand in pre-season training.
Robert Huth is also raring to give it a go after undergoing a strict fitness program and regimen while on holiday at the end of the season. The former German international defender stated that he likes to do some hard work in the gym before returning for pre-season so when the club’s pre-season officially starts, the aches and pains don’t appear that other players normally get.