Glenn Whelan: Stoke City 'good enough' to clinch top-six finish

Glenn Whelan
Glenn Whelan has made 277 appearances for Stoke since joining from Sheffield Wednesday in January 2008

Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan says the current side are capable of finishing in the top six in the Premier League this season.

The Potters have won five of their last seven games to pull to within two points of sixth-placed West Ham.

"The belief in and around the squad is that we're good enough," said the Republic of Ireland international.

"Hopefully we can get there. We need the results - to go to Southampton and win shows just how far we've come."

Stoke's victory at St. Mary's was their third 1-0 win in their last four away matches.

Potters' recovery
Stoke have bounced back well from their worst start to a Premier League season. After taking only three points from their first six games, the Potters have managed 16 from the last possible 21, conceding just three goals.
Stoke's best Premier League finish is ninth, which they have achieved for the past two seasons.

"Stoke have always been tough to beat and we want to keep that," the 31-year-old told BBC Radio Stoke.

"It's down to confidence and the way we've been playing under the manager - he has a certain style - and everywhere we go, we'll give anyone a good game."

Stoke invested heavily in their squad over the summer, including record-signing Xherdan Shaqiri, and Whelan says the extra quality in the side is keeping everyone on their toes.

"The manager's brought in some top players and you have to keep your standards up if you want to stay in the team," he said.

"They're pushing us on to keep doing as well because if we don't play well, things can easily change.

"It's a healthy squad and things are going well so everyone's happy."