Stoke City winger Thibaud Verlinden has sent a message to Potters fans after he helped the U23s claim a 4-1 win yesterday, which has proved a talking point among fans of the Championship club.
The Belgian has not featured for the first team since February having been sidelined by an ugly ACL injury for much of 2020.
Verlinden is now back fit and featured for the U23s again last night, helping them beat Reading U23s 4-1 at Clayton Wood with Moritz Bauer grabbing a hat-trick.
The 21-year-old took to Twitter after the game to send a message to fans and hint that he’s working hard to get another chance in the first team.
Another 90 min in the legs and a good win. Hard work doesn’t stop @stokecity
— Thibaud Verlinden (@ThibaudVerlinde) October 26, 2020
The winger’s return is good news for Stoke and gives Michael O’Neill yet another option to choose from in the final third.
Verlinden had been recalled by the Potters last January after impressing on loan at Bolton – scoring three goals and adding three assists – but managed just 54 Championship minutes for the club before picking up his injury against Preston North End.
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That means that the Bet365 Stadium faithful have yet to really see the attacker at his best in a Stoke shirt and it seems they’re excited for his return, with many taking to Twitter to voice their thoughts.
Read their reaction here:
Well played Thibaud, 2 great assists 👏👏👏👏 Great to see you back on the ball
— Ted and Jules (@jules_ted) October 26, 2020
And a very decent showing TV! 👏👏
Fantastic to see you well on the road back.
Keep working pal 👍
— Stokie’73 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️ (@potter2207) October 26, 2020
Good work Thibaut. keep doing it in the U23s and hopefully youll get a chance next season
— ruby (@rubyourock) October 26, 2020
Can’t wait for you to be playing for the first team Thibaud 🔴⚪️
— matt (@mattdegg02) October 26, 2020
Can’t wait to see you back in the pitch Thibaud!
— Ben Burgess (@burge125) October 26, 2020
Can’t wait see you back in first team 👍🔴⚪️
— Dan Hyde (@DanHyde8) October 26, 2020
So good to have you back🤩
— Josh🏴 (@SCFCJosh_) October 26, 2020