Lalas tips Cameron for success.
By Kristan Heneage
Former USA defender Alexi Lalas has tipped Geoff Cameron to succeed in England following news that Stoke City had agreed a fee for the centre-back.
Cameron, who joined Houston Dynamo in 2008 and was named an MLS Allstar in 2011, is to join Stoke in a deal worth a reported $2.5 million (£1.59 million) should he be successful in gaining a work permit.
The 27-year-old made his international debut in February 2010, and Lalas believes he has all the attributes he needs to succeed in England.
"I think Geoff has the mentality and all the skill-sets to succeed, but sometimes it’s not always the best players that are successful," Lalas told ESPN. "You need a little bit of luck, timing and coaches that believe in you but, just on sheer ability and potential going forward, yeah, I think that Stoke and England are getting a quality player that they can be excited to see.
"It’s also a great message for the Houston Dynamo and MLS in terms of developing talent that can make the jump to what is perceived to be one of the best leagues in the world."
Lalas, who spent time in Europe with Padova, feels the potential deal would be good for both parties.
"For Houston it’s good business because this is a player that came up from nothing and now they’re selling him on for a good chunk of money," he said. "I think for Stoke in the market, when you actually see the player you’re going to get, they’re going to recognise they’re getting a good quality player."
Asked how he would describe the centre-back, Lalas added: “He’s good with the ball, he reads the game well and he’s not going to lose possession of the ball while under pressure. If you’re playing with Geoff Cameron, be prepared to play with the ball.
"He has the physical attributes to bang when he needs to but he also has a real confidence in the way he handles the ball and the way he passes out of the back. He can not only play at the back but also in the midfield, which gives him versatility."