HUTH: STOKE CAREER EXAMINED
Stoke City paid £5m to sign German defender Robert Huth from Middlebroughin August 2009. Huth penned a four-year deal upon joining the Potters and he went on to make his debut during the 1-0 win over Sunderland. He came on as a substitute for striker Dave Kitson who was the recipient of the winning goal against the Black Cats.
Huth scored his second Stoke City goal to earn his team the share of the spoils against Merseyside club Liverpool. He scored a late equaliser to rescue a point against the Reds in January 2010. His next Stoke City strike came in the 2-1 win over Portsmouth. The former Chelsea player led Stoke City out for the first time in an FA Cup quarterfinal clash with the Blues in what was a proud moment for him.
Robert Huth was named the best player in the Stoke City first team at the end of his second season at the club. During that season, Huth was a constant menace to both the opposition defenders and strikers. The German scored nine goals for the Potters including two in the FA Cup on the way to a final appearance with Manchester City. He scored in the quarterfinal win over West Ham United before netting again in the big win over Bolton Wanderers in the semifinals.Huth and Stoke City were beaten 1-0 by Manchester City in the FA Cup final that season thanks to the strike from Yaya Toure.