Tonge joins Leeds on loan

Midfielder leaves Stoke after being omitted from 25-man squad

Michael Tonge: Former Sheffield United man linking up with Neil Warnock again

Leeds have completed the signing of Stoke midfielder Michael Tonge on a loan deal until December.

The 29-year-old had not been named in the Potters' 25-man Premier League squad list and therefore needed to secure a move in order to play.

Tonge is a player that Neil Warnock knows well from their time together at Sheffield United and the Leeds boss expects him to make his debut at Cardiff at the weekend.

"There's a number of players I've been looking at with the injuries we have," Warnock told Leeds' official website.

"It was vital we did something in time for Cardiff.

"Michael hasn't been involved with the first team, but he's played some under-21 games so he's fit.

"He knows how to play, I don't have to explain things, and he'll fit in well with what we have here.

Desperate

"A loan has to be someone we wanted and Michael fits the category and I think he'll fit in well. He's desperate to do well. I like that, and I like him as a person.

"He gives us that passing ability we maybe don't have and he'll fit in well.

"It's about fitting the ingredients and he's in the Norris/Green mould which is what we want. He's excited and couldn't wait to get started.

"There were a lot of names bandied about, but I said we would wait for him so I'm pleased."

Despite the player being surplus to requirements at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke manager Tony Pulis echoed the sentiment that Tonge is a good personality and will benefit from regular football.

"This is a great move for Michael, and I am sure he will go there and do extremely well for them," Pulis told Stoke's official website.

"He is a great lad, but as with the others who haven't been named in the 25-man squad here, it is vitally important for them to get out there and play regularly."