Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has today spoken of his joy at deadline-day signing, Lee Grant’s recent performances.

Having never played in the Premier League prior to joining Stoke in August, many eyebrows were raised when he made the six-month-loan switch from Derby where he seemingly couldn’t get a game.

Having conceded a staggering 14 goals in the first five Premier League games, Hughes threw Grant into the fold, and hasn’t looked back once.

Since his inclusion in the side, Stoke City have not lost in the league, and Grant has only conceded just two goals in four games, keeping two clean sheets along the way.

Speaking to BBC Radio Stoke, Coates said: “He’s put in some great performances, he’s done remarkably well.

“He’s come in and had an opportunity to play at a higher level and he must be as delighted as we are – it’s a truly remarkable story.”

Grant has replaced veteran Shay Given in goals, who’s said to be hurt by the decision to drop him, but he supports Mark Hughes’ decision.

With Stoke’s number one goalkeeper Jack Butland’s recent injury record, Hughes may feel that he needs to make Lee Grant’s loan permanent in January, (should Derby not want him back) and there’s no doubts after these recent comments that any move for the shot-stopper would be backed by Peter Coates.

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