Stoke City: Geoff Cameron can be a big hit for Potters, says Glenn Whelan
GLENN Whelan believes the Stoke fans will quickly warm to new boy Geoff Cameron if he is handed his debut against Arsenal on Sunday.
Cameron was due back in Stoke today after being detained in America to complete his Visa application.
And the 27-year-old looks likely to line up alongside Whelan in central midfield against Arsenal following Dean Whitehead's red card at the weekend.
"These things happen with Deano being sent off," said Whelan, "and if it's Geoff taking his place then so be it.
"What we've seen in the short time he's been with us is that he's a top player.
"He's settled in quickly and is getting on well with everyone. If he gets in the team on Sunday, the fans will see what he's got.
"Like most American players, he's a tremendous athlete. He's also got two good feet, so can play off right or left and he can play quite a few passes.
"Geoff has got to learn what the manager wants of him, and that can be quite tough, but I'm sure he will be a great acquisition to the team."
Whelan is also monitoring reports that Stoke could be interested in signing Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone on a season-long loan.
The 25-year-old England international had two ankle operations last season and hasn't played for nearly a year.
But he figured regularly for Spurs in pre-season and is now believed to be available for loan.
Tony Pulis has long admired a player combining skill and power since first bursting onto the scene as a teenager at Derby.
A loan fee and Huddlestone's wages could be a stumbling block, while Stoke would want financial provisions in place in case he broke down with any recurrence of his ankle problem.
FORMER City striker Ricardo Fuller last night signed a one-year deal with Championship side Charlton.