OLLIE Shenton is heading in the right direction for a return to the Stoke City first team squad.
The 20-year-old midfielder, from Blythe Bridge, has been catching the eye in the Stoke U21 and U23 sides since the start of the season.
It’s three years since Shenton made his Premier Division debut for the Potters as a substitute introduced late on by Mark Hughes against Manchester City at the bet365 stadium.
Shenton has netted four goals in seven appearances in Premier League Two for the U23’s and scored in the U21’s 2-1 victory at Morecambe in the Checktrade Trophy last night.
He skippered the team at Morecambe and became the first Stoke youth player to score in normal time since Stoke re-entered the competition as a young side.
Stoke drew their opening game at Sunderland but lost in a shoot-out and are second in Group A on four points – one less than Sunderland – ahead of the final group game against Carlisle.
The Potters U23’s are at home to Peterborough United in the Premier League Two Cup at the Leek Town ground next Monday (Oct 15), kick off 7pm.