EDDIE Howe believes Stoke City boss Paul Lambert has already “made a real difference” to the Potters.

The former Norwich and Aston Villa manager last month replaced Mark Hughes in the hot seat at bet365 Stadium.

Since Lambert’s arrival, Stoke have picked up four points from two Premier League games and are yet to concede.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “I have a lot of respect for Paul, we have had several dealings and meetings together down the years and he has always impressed me.

“He did a fantastic job at Norwich and has had different experiences since.

“He is back in the Premier League and started very well with Stoke. He has made a real difference to them in their first two games and has made them very solid.

“They have changed their shape and way of playing, so he has had to make quite a few changes in a very short period of time and that’s not always easy.”

Lambert could hand new signing Badou Ndiaye his Premier League debut at Vitality Stadium tomorrow (3pm).

The Senegal midfielder signed a four-and-a-half year contract on transfer deadline day after Stoke agreed a £14million fee with Galatasaray.