Geoff Cameron’s debut for Stoke City? Just swell

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Things could only have gone better for U.S. international Geoff Cameron had his new team, Stoke City, had found a way to grab all three points today against Arsenal.

Otherwise, his debut at the Britannia was absolutely swell. A scoreless draw Sunday against Arsenal will do for the Potters. They’ll  need wins at home to remain out of the relegation fight, but draws at home against the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and the sides from Manchester represent a good day’s work for Stoke manager Tony Pulis and his team.

Cameron (pictured Sunday against the Gunners) started as a central midfielder just days after arriving in from the United States, where he was clearing up last minute red tape.

So he was alongside Glenn Whelan, in front of center backs Ryan Shawcross and the recently recovered Robert Huth.

Somewhat surprisingly, Cameron went all 90 minutes in his Premiership debut; that’s a nice haul for a man whose training has been so sporadic over the last two months. (His passes near the end lacked some zip, but that’s understandable.)

Cameron wasn’t always a factor for Stoke going forward – but that’s not his job. He was there to disrupt Arsenal through the middle and them move the ball along once his team was in possession. So, mission accomplished.

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Cameron’s next chance to get into Pulis’ lineup (And Maurice Edu’s first real chance, too) comes Tuesday at Britannia Stadium, where Stoke hosts Swindon in a League Cup second round contest. The Potters resume EPL play Saturday at Wigan.

The full Stoke City schedule is here.