Mark Hughes surprised by Steven N'Zonzi quality

Stoke boss Mark Hughes walks to the dugout prior to their game with Walsall on August 28, 2013
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Stoke City boss Mark Hughes admits that he underestimated the quality of midfielder Steven N'Zonzi.

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has admitted that he has been surprised by the quality of Steven N'Zonzi's performances so far this season.

The French midfielder, who joined the club last year, has played in every minute of the Potters' Premier League games so far.

Hughes has revealed that he underestimated the talent of N'Zonzi when he first took over the job at the Britannia Stadium and believes that his side's style will help him improve even further.

"Until you work with players on a daily basis you can underestimate their talent," Hughes told reporters.

"I was one who maybe didn't put Steven into the bracket of a top Premier League player.

"He still has faults that he has to work on, he understands that, but the way we play will bring the best out of him."

Stoke paid £3m to sign N'Zonzi from Blackburn Rovers.

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