Stoke boss Paul Lambert has tipped £14million signing Badou Ndiaye for a big future after he impressed on his Premier League debut.
Senegal midfielder Ndiaye, bought from Turkish club Galatasaray on transfer deadline day, was thrust straight into the Potters' starting XI for Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth.
The 27-year-old produced an accomplished performance at the Vitality Stadium, adding steel to the centre of City's midfield and also providing a fine assist for Xherdan Shaqiri's opening goal.
He was substituted moments after the Cherries' 70th-minute equaliser, and manager Lambert was encouraged by his contribution.
'He was brilliant and his effort was excellent,' said Lambert.
'He only trained on Friday and even then it was just a walk through so he probably doesn't know the lads' names still.
'If he keeps that level of performance then he's going to be a hell of a player.'