Stoke City: No need to call style council after my arrival, says Charlie Adam
STOKE City's newest debutant emerged from his first appearance for the club insisting he was no big-time Charlie after leaving Liverpool last week.
And he can't Adam and Eve those fans who say his arrival will spark a huge change in Stoke's style of play.
Fresh from stepping off the bench in the first half of Saturday's 2-2 draw at Wigan, Charlie Adam said: "It took a couple of weeks to get sorted, but I'm delighted to be here and looking forward to the adventure.
"I came because I want to play football and play every week. When an opportunity likes this comes along it's difficult to turn down.
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"I want to come and play in a team that's been progressing and I want to put my qualities in the team.
"I'm not coming here to try and change Stoke City. This club has been successful over the last five years and the manager wanted to bring me in to add to the quality.
"I'm not here to change the way Stoke City play – I'm just another part of the jigsaw."
And the 26-year-old Scot certainly wasn't in the mood to look down his nose at Stoke's more direct approach to the game.
"You play to your strengths in the Premier League," he reasoned.
"If you can put the ball up to Crouchy, why not do it because he's an England international?
"It will take time to adapt to each other's game, but if we keep performing like this, it will be a successful time."
Asked if there might be a chip on his shoulder after having to leave a club of Liverpool's stature, he said: "That's definitely not going to happen here. There's no arrogance.
"When I'm playing in the best league in the world, I just want to be a part of a club that's been successful.
"I need to work as hard as anybody to get in the team and show why Tony Pulis managed to bring me to the club.
"They (Liverpool) brought in Joe Allen, who's a terrific player, and I thought I'm not just going to sit in the stands or play bits of games.
"I want to play 90 minutes every week and be the best player I can.
"I spoke to him (Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers) after we played Hearts in the Europa League and he said 'I see you as a squad player'."
"Liverpool are one of the greatest clubs in the world, but I have ambition to play every week."
Adam believes he can feed off the passion of new boss Tony Pulis at the start of his four-year contract at Stoke.
"He's frantic on the touchline, but I'm looking forward to working with him because he's passionate and that rubs off on the lads.
"Every one of them works hard, but there's also good quality at the club."
And he insisted there was no problem with being left out of the starting 11 at Wigan on Saturday.
"I haven't even trained with the lads yet, so to come straight into the team would have been difficult because the lads played well against Arsenal last week.
"Once we got to grips with the game we created enough chances and, on another day, we could have taken all three points."
Sadly, there will be limited chances for Adam to work with his new club colleagues during the international break over the next fortnight.
"It will be nice to go away with Scotland," he added. "Two international games and then I come back to a nice easy game against Manchester City."
Adam exudes enormous confidence, but we think even he was joking on that one.