by Nia Griffiths
Charlie Adam has been talking about Stoke’s inclusion in the Barclay’s Asia Trophy 2015 tournament and what it means for the club.
The midfielder, who’s almost played 100 games for the Potters since joining in 2012, is convinced this means the club are finally being recognised as the ‘big’ team they are…
“It is nice to be involved and invited because it shows the progression of the club,” said Adam. “Barclays have shown that they want the big clubs there – Arsenal, Everton and Stoke – so it will be a great experience for us It is nice for us to go there and put our name in the market and show we are good side with good players and moving in the right direction.”
Adam has scored 19 goals in his time at Stoke – one of which came against Liverpool in the Potters’ 6-1 hammering of the Merseyside team. The 29-year-old will therefore be hoping he’s got his scoring boots on during the pre-season friendly competition.
The Asia Trophy kicks off for Arsenal 15th July where we face Singapore Select XI. On the same day, Stoke face Premier League opposition against Everton. The final will take place three days later.
Arsenal seem to enjoy travelling to Asia for pre-season. The humid weather is good for sky-rocketing fitness levels and the huge fan following over there is fantastic for moral (and shirt sales).