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Adam hails Hughes influence

Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam has credited boss Mark Hughes as the catalyst for his recent prolific form.

With six league goals already this campaign, the Scot is the Potters' joint top scorer - a return that represents Adam's most fruitful season in front of goal since his Blackpool days.

And the former Liverpool player revealed new Potters boss Hughes has played a key role in that return after allowing him to get forward more.

"The manager has given me a freedom to play my game, which I appreciate," Adam told The Guardian.

"He has let me do what I am good at. He has helped me in terms of what I should and shouldn't be doing on the pitch.

"The manager has played at the highest level and won trophies at the highest level.

"I have respected every manager I have played under but if you can't learn from someone like Mark Hughes, it is going to be hard for you."

Wonder-strikes against Liverpool and Manchester United have thrust the 28-year-old back into Scotland boss Gordon Strachan's plans, having played a bit-part role under the new international boss so far.

And Adam insisted he is now fully focused on being a regular fixture for his country.

"I want to get back in there but I know I needed to be playing regularly at my club," Adam added.

"My next cap will be my 25th and that will mean an awful lot to me. It would be amazing to finally qualify for something with Scotland - a dream."