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Stoke boss tips Ndiaye for big future after debut

Ndiaye was signed for £14m. Credit: PA

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."


Stoke sign Galatasaray midfielder Ndiaye

Credit: PA

Stoke have completed the £14million signing of Badou Ndiaye from Galatasaray.

The Senegal international has agreed a four-and-a-half year deal after securing a work permit.

Ndiaye was unveiled by the club at half-time of their Premier League game with Watford at the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday.

Chief executive Tony Scholes told the club's website: "Badou was a player in great demand but from talking to him it's clear he always wanted to play in the Premier League and we are delighted he has chosen to fulfil that ambition with Stoke City.

"We are delighted with the business we have done over the course of this transfer window.

"All three players we have signed have real pedigree, have played senior international football and will really enhance the options Paul Lambert has within his squad."

Ndiaye faced a race against time to complete the paperwork before Wednesday's 11pm deadline because he did not qualify for a work permit and visa.

Personal terms were agreed before Wednesday but his international appearance record was not above the required threshold.

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