That didn’t take long.
Brek Shea started in Stoke City’s reserve match against Burnley on Tuesday and scored with a header off a corner kick in the second half, but Burnley won 2-1.
Stoke City actually had a pretty strong lineup for a reserve match as Shea played alongside Michael Owen, Charlie Adam and Wilson Palacios.
According to the game recap, he started on the left wing, looked lively throughout the match and made “lots of neat touches and powerful runs”.
I still don’t think he is probably 100% ready to play with the first team in the Premier League just yet, but Tony Pulis is hoping that Shea will be available for Stoke City’s match against Fulham next weekend.
“We are looking to stage a couple of friendly games over the next week or so to give players like Marc and Brek a chance to step up their fitness.
“If they do that, then they will definitely come into the equation for the Fulham game; there is no doubt about that.”
He added: “Brek has looked really lively in training since coming back here, and Marc was close to being part of the squad at the weekend. It would be a real boost to have them available to us.”