Pete Smith's Stoke City player ratings vs Chester as Emre Tezgel shows killer touch

Two goals from Emre Tezgel and one from Niall Ennis got Stoke City off to a winning start in their first friendly of pre-season.

Tezgel, aged 18, pounced to score two well-taken goals that put Stoke in command against Chester. The first came after good work from Andre Vidigal while he more or less made the second, on the cusp of half-time, for himself. The striker is bidding to be a genuine part of the squad this term after spending the second half of last season on loan at MK Dons and he might have had a third but for a good save from Cameron Mason.

Mehdi Leris hit the crossbar too on a night when Steven Schumacher gave starts to his three new signings – Viktor Johansson, Ben Gibson and Eric Bocat – and changed his whole team around after 45 minutes. There were chances to impress for 17-year-old pair Sol Sidibe and Jaden Dixon.

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It was actually in the second half that Stoke were probably more dominant, with Million Manhoef having a couple of shots blocked and Ennis went close before he tucked away a delicious cross from Bae Junho.

But this was all about preparation and 22 players staking their claims to be in Schumacher’s plans in a month’s time when the Championship kicks off. Here is how the players got on at the Deva Stadium. Who caught your eye or where do Stoke need to strengthen? Have your say in the debate below the line.

First half

Johansson: Stoke’s new number one was grinning like a Cheshire cat even during the warm-up when coach Darren Behcet was wellying shots at him from close range. Big voice in the match and quick off line.

Gooch: Happy to go down the line and link with Laurent or Leris and clearly wanted to get in the action and influence the game. Frustrated to misplace a couple of passes.

Bocat: A start at left-back for summer signing number three. Clearly comfortable with the ball and happy to take on a player. Some whizzed in crosses and corners.

Rose: Dealt calmly with defensive duties and forced a decent block from a Sidibe corner.

Gibson: New centre-half led Stoke out as captain. Could hear him organising, encouraging and instructing.

Laurent: Pulled wide at the right at times in a number 8 role. Managed a decent link with Tezgel later in the half,

Sidibe: England youth, aged 17, had first chance to lay down a marker with start in middle of midfield. Able to spread ball left and right.

Burger: Tried to keep the ball moving from left of midfield trio.

Leris: Cracked a shot against the bar in scramble from corner. A willing runner as always down the right and useful ability in the air.

Vidigal: Lovely flash of skill in build up to opening goal, which he unselfishly set up for Tezgel.

Tezgel: Striker, aged 18, got the first chance to stake a claim at centre-forward. Well taken first goal, slipping a shot in low from the right. Good save denied another but got his second on stroke of half-time, forcing chance for himself.

Second half

Bonham: Only needed to make a couple of touches, quick passes back to his defenders to keep the ball moving.

Tchamadeu: Eye-catching speed down the flank as he makes his case to be the starting right-back.

Stevens: Captain for the second half and a useful foil for Junho. Calm when surrounded by opponents.

Wilmot: Slipped forward to join in play when he could and some clever passes.

Dixon: Chance opening up to show just how close he is to the senior step up. Tall and still filling out and showed his range of passing without being tested defensively.

Thompson: Helped Stoke camp out in the Chester half by getting into good positions and decent use of the ball.

Baker: Tested the keeper with long ranger and was always an option to take the ball.

Johnson: An opportunity to work his way back up the pecking order. Had moments when he helped build Stoke pressure including setting up chance for Manhoef.

Manhoef: Unlucky to see left footer deflected over early in the second half and had another blocked. Came alive in the final third.

Junho: Looks like a top class player in everything he does at the moment, from the way he moves to how he handles the ball. Superb play to set up Ennis goal.

Ennis: Might have scored with pretty much first touch when he tried to flick in low cross from right. Attempted overhead kick would’ve been spectacular. Did get his goal in the end with a neat finish.

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