Stoke boss Tony Pulis is asking City fans to give on-loan striker Kenwyne Jones time to prove himself at the Britannia Stadium. The 20-year-old has joined City on a month's loan from Premiership side Southampton after making a name for himself during a brief spell at Sheffield Wednesday, where he scored seven goals in as many games.
But Pulis is quick to point out that the Trinidad and Tobago striker has little other experience and believes he may take time to adjust to Championship football.
He said: "He is a young lad and he has only played seven games and been in this country for a year. He has the potential to be a good player, but it is only potential.
"This is a new club with new faces for him, and I don't expect him to hit the button straight away. We have to be patient with him.
"He seems a nice fella, and although he has just flown back from Trinidad, he has been as good as gold. He is very athletic, young and enthusiastic, and I hope he has got an eye for goal."
Pulis will thrust the youngster into his squad for Saturday's trip to Millwall, although he refused to say if he will start at the New Den.
"I hope he will be involved on Saturday. He is definitely in the squad of 16, but I don't know if he will be in the starting 11," added Pulis.
Jones trained with his new team-mate for the first time yesterday and was impressed by what he saw.
He said: "I enjoyed my first training session. It was good to meet up with the manager and my new team-mates.
"I may be young, but I feel I can bring good experience to the squad because I have played at international and Premiership level.
"But I am also looking to learn off the other players here at Stoke because I still have a lot to learn.
"I didn't really know much about the club before I joined, but now I've come here I can see it has lots of potential.
"Not to be cocky, but I have a bit of pace, can head the ball well and hold it up well, so if I am not scoring goals I'll be helping my team-mates to do so.
Over the next month, I hope to do well for myself and the club."