Soares seeks first-team stay
Midfielder eager to hand manager a selection conundrum
Last Updated: October 20, 2008 2:07pm
Soares: Hopes to have impressed
Stoke City midfielder Tom Soares hopes to have done enough to earn a regular place in Tony Pulis' first-team plans.
The 22-year-old made his first start for the Potters in Sunday's 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur and caught the eye.
Soares - who moved to the Britannia Stadium from Crystal Palace on the final day of the summer transfer window - won two penalties in the victory, one of which was converted.
And after impressing at the weekend, Soares is hopeful he will remain in Pulis' first XI for Stoke's trip to Manchester City next Sunday.
"I think I did a pretty good job and have given the gaffer a hard time picking the team," Soares told Stoke's official website.
"This was my home debut and I'm glad I had the chance to show the fans what I can offer the team.
"I found out I was playing in the dressing room before the game.
"The manager told me on Saturday there was a possibility that I could be involved so I made sure I was prepared for it and it was great to get a chance. Hopefully I can stay in the team.
"I thought I coped pretty well. I won two penalties and created a couple of chances. The main thing is that we got the three points."
And Soares insists he has had no problems adjusting to life at Stoke since moving from Selhurst Park.
"It's been brilliant," he added. "The boys and the gaffer have helped me settle in really well. I'm glad to be here and want to show the fans what I can do."