Holloway: Stoke pull masterstroke signing Charlie

Stoke City's Charlie Adam

Stoke City's Charlie Adam

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IAN Holloway has described Charlie Adam’s move to Stoke as a ‘masterstroke’.

The former Blackpool skipper left Anfield on deadline day after being told he was free to leave the club.

Stoke were among a number of clubs who made a move for the Scottish star, and eventually agreed a £4m deal.

And, speaking in his column in a national newspaper, Holloway thinks Tony Pullis has pulled a rabbit out of the hat.

“It didn’t quite work out for my former former captain Charlie Adam at Liverpool last season,” Holloway said.

“But I reckon that Tony Pulis’s swoop on Anfield to take Charlie to Stoke for just £4million this summer is an absolute masterstroke.

“The Potters play a better brand of football than they are given credit for, and the arrival of Adam will give them a real touch of class in central midfield. Charlie’s range of ­passing is unbelievable.

“And the likes of Peter Crouch, and now Michael Owen, will thrive on his delivery if Tony can give his new signing the freedom and confidence he wasn’t really allowed to express at Liverpool.”