Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cameron Is out to Make an Impression on the Magpies

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cameron Is out to Make an Impression on the Magpies

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GEOFF Cameron is relishing his role as a key member of Stoke's attack.

The full-back has been one of the Potters' most impressive players in his second season in the Premier League.

Cameron moved to the Britannia Stadium in July 2012 from Houston Dynamo and has been virtually ever present under both current manager Mark Hughes and his predecessor Tony Pulis.

But Cameron's attacking prowess has come to the fore this season and he played a major part in both of Stoke's goals in their 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.

He also nearly scored his second Premier League goal with an overhit cross that forced Cameron's United States international team-mate Brad Guzan to make a fine save.

The 28-year-old said: "I'm trying to get forward and playing almost like a wing-back. They want me to get involved in the attacks. I like that and I think I have stuff to offer in that aspect. I'll keep running up and down - don't forget my job defensively, but offensively as well."

Cameron can play across the defence or in midfield, and Hughes was mulling over whether to move him to centre-back on Saturday had Ryan Shawcross not recovered from a groin problem.

Hughes said: "Geoff's done really well. I think he's shown everybody that he's an accomplished football player, first and foremost, and he has the ability to play in different positions.

"Obviously he's played mostly for me at full-back and done that very well. He's a real part of our attacking threat as well with his ability to join in high up the field.

"His versatility is great from my point of view because I can move him around and you know you're not going to lessen the side because he can make an impact wherever you pick him."

After a run of eight Premier League games without a win, Stoke have shown good form during the past month, winning three of their last six league games and losing only one. …

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