After two weeks of talking about tough tackling midfielders, David Rusk finally talks about defenders.
Robert Huth has been ever-present for Stoke City since the day he signed, 21 August 2009. This signing proved to be a spectacular one. Huth’s career had massive potential early on when playing for Chelsea. He was predicted to be a world-class centre back. He had it all, pace, power, aggression and a tremendous threat aerially. However, he found chances at Chelsea limited with the trio of William Gallas, John Terry and Ricardo Carvahlo ahead of him. A move to Middlesbrough was next on his agenda. On August 31, 2006. Huth proved to be a force with them too, he found his true calling after Middlesbrough though when he joined Stoke.
Huth’s nickname at the Britannia is “The Berlin Wall”. He got this name for his extremely aggressive, and sometimes violent behaviour. On October 17, 2009, Robert Huth was sent off against Stoke, for casually punching Matthew Upson into the face. Funnily enough he didn’t receive a card for his actions. However, the FA did cite him after. He admitted the action, as it’s fairly hard to deny punching someone in the face. Especially when they have video evidence. This lead to a three match ban for Huth.
Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth create an intimidating image for whatever strike partnership faces them. No matter what any striker says, they will not be looking forward to facing these two steel walls. The two defenders will rarely back out of a challenge, yet the one time Huth did back out of a tackle he got dismissed for it. This occurred against Sunderland; Stoke went on to lose 1-0 through a James McLean goal.
Finally, Huth has had a respectable international career also. Featuring for Germany 19 times. This came in a five-year period between, 2004-2009. Throughout his time he gained an impressive 19 appearances, including 10 in 2004. Huth and Mertesacker were the starting defensive pairing for the 2005 Confederations cup. He scored his first international goal against Mexico in that competition. Throughout his career he has been strong, consistent, and he’s never too far away from a bit of conflict. Also, at the age of 29 there is still plenty more he can offer the Stoke team.
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