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Will it be Hughes? Or will it be Pulis?

Posted in Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on September 19, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The fixture computer certainly knows how to pick them as only six games into the new season and Stoke’s home game against West Brom this weekend is a real six pointer and it could see possibly both managers sacked. Mark Hughes is now the bookeis favorite to be the first Premiership manager to be sacked, taking over from previous favourite…West Brom’s Tony Pulis.

Bojan asks for the players to share the pain of defeat with Hughes and get believing in themselves again. It does appear that Hughes may have lost the dressing room as the old guard – the remaining Pulis era players- have yet to speak out about the current bad form and play, most notably the captain Ryan Shawcross, who should be leading the rallying calls for players and fans alike.

Something needs to change and quickly with -11 goal difference after only five games and in three of those games we have shipped four goals. Hughes Out is the cry on the Oatcake messageboard and I will give Hughes one more chance as we must win at home against West Brom. Hull at home in the League Cup before that and a chance to try some younger/fringe players with a bit more fire and steel in their play? Who to replace Hughes if he goes? Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe could do a good job, anyone but Steve McClaren 🙂

More injury woes for Stoke

Posted in Football, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on September 7, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Ibrahim Afelley looks set to be out longer than first thought and should be back in training within the next three months, he is back in January at present. Diouf is a possible miss from Saturday’s home game against Spurs and Shaqiri is likely to miss the game as well. However, Glen Johnson could be back in contention for the weekend’s game.

Butland sidelined for up to another two months

Posted in Football, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , on September 2, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Bad news in that Jack Butland could be out for another couple of months with further surgery on his ankle. Makes sense now why we signed Lee Grant as keeper cover. get well soon Jack.

Joselu off on loan

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , on September 1, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Joselu sealed a season long loan move to Deportivo just ahead of the transfer deadline last night. Signed last summer he has not made a big impact at Stoke and is now on his seventh club, averaging roughly one per season.

We have signed another promising youngster in left-sided defender Cameron McJannett from Luton Town.

Summer ins/outs:
IN
Joe Allen (Liverpool £13m)

Ramadan Sobhi (Al Alhay 6m Euros)

Ryan Sweeney (AFC Wimbledon – undisclosed fee)

Wilfried Bony (Man City – season long loan)

Lee Grant (Derby County – loan until January 3)

Bruno Martins Indi (Porto – season long loan)

Cameron McJannett (Luton Town – undisclosed fee)

OUT
Peter Odemwingie (released) *

Steve Sidwell (Brighton & Hove Albion – free) *

Marc Wilson (AFC Bournemouth – undisclosed fee) *

George Waring (Shrewsbury Town – loan)

Choulay (Shrewsbury Town – loan)

Philipp Wollscheid (Wolfsburg – season long loan) *

Joselu (Deportivo – season long loan) *

* = in last season’s 25 man squad list

Wollscheid departs, Indi incoming

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on August 31, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Wolfsburg have signed Philipp Wollscheid on a season long loan from Stoke with an option to buy. No incoming defender as yet although Porto’s Bruno Martins Indi will be signing shortly on loan, paperwork and international permits are apparently being processed and he’s had his medical.

Meanwhile, Stoke have turned down offers for Charlie Adam from Burnley and Hull. Do hope Adam stays as a great impact sub, although of course the player himself my prefer regular starts.

Bony and Grant sign on loan

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on August 31, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City have pulled off a couple of impressive loan signings with Derby County keeper Lee Grant joining on loan until January 3 and Man City striker Wilfried Bony joining on a season long loan. Bony proved a massive hit with Swansea City before joining Man City in January 2015. He scored an impressive 26 goals for Swansea in 54 Premier League appearances.

He’s happy to be here:

Thank You to all the MCFC fans for the support & hello to @stokecity fans I look forward to a great season together pic.twitter.com/NgKcFNkANL

Wilfried Bony (@wilfriedbony) August 31, 2016

Possibly more incomings later today with Joselu and Wollscheid still likely to head for the exit.

Summer ins/outs:
IN
Joe Allen (Liverpool £13m)

Ramadan Sobhi (Al Alhay 6m Euros)

Ryan Sweeney (AFC Wimbledon – undisclosed fee)

Wilfried Bony (Man City – season long loan)

Lee Grant (Derby County – loan until January 3)

OUT
Peter Odemwingie (released) *

Steve Sidwell (Brighton & Hove Albion – free) *

Marc Wilson (AFC Bournemouth – undisclosed fee) *

George Waring (Shrewsbury Town – loan)

Choulay (Shrewsbury Town – loan)

* = in last season’s 25 man squad list

Lee Grant set to join on loan

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on August 31, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Current Derby County no.2 keeper Lee Grant is set to join Stoke on loan. At 33 he has the experience to provide cover for Shay Given and Jack Butland. Butland is currently injured and is expected back for the Tottenham game, however his injury maybe more serious than expected? Grant has had two spells at Derby, along with time at Burnley and Sheff Wed.