Stoke City: Charlie Adam delighted by Ryan Shawcross deal
CHARLIE Adam says Ryan Shawcross's new contract will be a major boost to the Stoke squad as well as the fans.
Adam agreed to join City from Liverpool in the summer after being impressed by the project to turn the Potters into an established Premier League club.
Tony Pulis has revealed Stoke have agreed a new six-year deal with Shawcross, a move which Adam says will lift the whole club.
He said: "When you've got quality like that, you need to keep it in your group and the manager has always stressed he's one of our best players.
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"This is a good club going forward and Ryan wants to be part of that. He's been here for a number of years.
"He's seen it from what it was to what it is now and he knows it's progressing. It's good to have people like that at the club."
The Scotland international believes Shawcross should earn more England caps to add to his debut in the 4-2 defeat in Sweden a fortnight ago.
Shawcross had something of a baptism of fire as he came on with 16 minutes to go and was turned by Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Sweden's equaliser.
However, Adam said: "The call-up to the England squad is thoroughly deserved, probably 18 months late, but he has been excellent for this club.
"We've got an experienced back four. We've got Robert Huth, who's played a number of times for Germany, Geoff Cameron, who's played for America and Asmir Begovic, who plays for Bosnia.
"From the front to the back, we work as hard as anybody in this league and we try and get the rewards."
Adam's 26th-minute strike gave Stoke a 1-0 victory at home to Fulham on Saturday.
The goal was the midfielder's second in three games, but he was keen to share the credit with the rest of the team.
He particularly praised the defence who have ensured Stoke have conceded just 11 goals in 13 league games.
He said: "That's what you build on. Winning games starts from the back and we have five guys, including the goalie, who are in excellent form.
"We also know we've got players who can win games."
The signing of Adam from Liverpool prompted much talk of City evolving their game into a more passing and possession style.
However, Adam said Stoke should also make the most of their strengths from direct football and set-pieces.
Their ability from dead balls was obvious on Saturday against a Fulham side who struggled without suspended centre-back Brede Hangeland.
Robert Huth and Shawcross both came close to scoring from corners before the break.
That would have put the game beyond Fulham, who conceded when Adam pounced on a Peter Crouch knock-down.
Adam said: "I said it when I first came here, the players coming in are different to the players who have been here before, but we've got to adapt to what has been successful in the past for this club.
"Since I've been here, we've mixed it up extremely well. We have played back to front at times, but we've also played through midfield.
"You have to play to your strengths and when you've got someone like Peter Crouch up front, you know if you want to play it to him, he can hold it up for you. His record for England speaks for itself.
"We've got a great squad and hopefully over the course of the season, we can improve and pick up more points."