Lambert hails Ndiaye arrival

Premier League

Paul Lambert believes deadline day signing Badou Ndiaye is exactly the right kind of player to help Stoke remain in the Premier League.

Senegal international Ndiaye has put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year deal at the bet365 Stadium after joining from Galatasaray for a reported £14million and he watched from the stands as his new team-mates played out a 0-0 draw with Watford in the Premier League on Wednesday.
That point was enough to lift the Potters back out of the relegation zone and Lambert believes Ndiaye can play a major role in ensuring the club maintain their top-flight status come the end of the campaign.
“He’s going to the World Cup with Senegal. He’s a really good player with good energy for the game,” said Lambert. “Big crowds won’t faze him because he’s played in big grounds in Europe and played in perhaps the most hostile stadium in Europe, let alone anywhere else, in Galatasaray.
“He will fit in very well here and I am delighted to have him.”
Ndiaye could make his debut for Stoke during Saturday’s trip to the Vitality Stadium to take on Bournemouth and the 27-year-old admits he is looking forward to hitting the ground running with his new employers.
“I am very happy to join Stoke City, a very big club in England – it is a proud moment for me,” Ndiaye told Stoke’s website.
“There have been many talks this month but I wanted to join Stoke City, so to be here now is very exciting for me and I am looking forward to helping the team move forward.”