West Brom 1-2 Stoke City
Ahh yes West Brom the club that never stops giving points to us! A Charlie Adam cracker secured the three points as we finished the season in ninth spot (our highest ever in the Premier League) and with 50 points (our highest total). I was dubious over appointing Mark Hughes as manager last summer but I am happy to be proved wrong. It’s been a great season for us and it will be an interesting summer as Hughes tries to bring in a few more players to suit his style of play and to look to better this season’s performance.
Sadly we won’t be seeing Juan Agudelo in a Stoke top after his second work permit appeal was turned down. Not sure what will happen with him now and perhaps a season long loan in Europe or Stoke cancel his contract.
Matthew Etherington has bid a fond farewell to the club after Sunday’s game and it looks as though Andy Wilkinson has signed a new contract, although nothing official has come out of the club yet. Thomas Sorenson has been offered a new one year contract.
Pre-season will be spent in Germany between 18th-30th July with three yet to be announced friendlies against German teams. Stoke then host Real Betis on Wednesday August 6th at the Britannia Stadium, along with away fixtures at Burton Albion and Blackburn Rovers in early August.
Three Stoke players should be featuring in the World Cup next month – Asmir Begovic (Bosnia), Geoff Cameron (USA) and Wilson Palacios (Honduras).