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Stoke City summer transfers 2019

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I will aim to include the confirmed transfers and rumours – based on reliable as possible sources.

Confirmed INS –

Confirmed OUTS –

Charlie Adam, Darren Fletcher, Jacob Haugaard – all released at the end of their contracts

Ashley Williams – loan ended, out of contract at Everton

Rumoured OUTS
Jack Butland to Bournemouth with former keeper Asmir Begovic coming back to Stoke as part of any deal; Butland has also been linked with a move to Crystal Palace

Moritz Bauer – linked with a number of clubs, most likely to be loaned out next season.

Bojan – the Sentinel ran a story saying Bojan was told to look for another club, which led to the club issuing an update on the club’s website stating Bojan would only leave if a suitable offer came in. Whatever way you read it don’t expect him to be in the squad come the first game of the season.

Joe Allen has been linked with a move to Wolves

Eric Pieters has a year left on his contract and will either leave the club on a permanent deal or another loan this summer, as he does not feature in the manager’s plans.

Kevin Wimmer and Imbula will be shipped out if the club can find any takers, whilst Badou Ndiaye is one returning loanee Nathan Jones may give another chance to impress, although the player may want a move away from Stoke regardless.

Nathan Collins the young defender has been linked with a move to Man Utd, which will be a blow if it happens as he looks an exciting prospect.

Rumoured INS…

Adam Davies (Barnsley) – out of contract and seen as a replacement for Butland (Sentinel)

Lee Gregory – striker out of contract at Millwall and linked with a free transfer move to Stoke by ‘The Sun’ and ‘The Sentinel’. BBC Radio Stoke on Monday 20 May reporting that a medical and terms have been agreed.

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle) – former manager Gary Rowett tried to sign him last summer but failed and it seems Stoke are keen to try again, tempting the player with a long contract.

Nick Powell (Wigan) – former Man Utd player and one Nathan Jones is planning to land on a free as he is currently out of contract at Wigan. (Sentinel)

Stoke City have a busy summer ahead

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on April 25, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Sentinel has published a list of the contract’s of Stoke City’s current squad. Manager Nathan Jones has stated in recent interviews that he plans to change a third of the current squad and he has repeatedly said he wants to work with a squad of twenty players maximum (exluding goalkeepers).

Out of contract in the summer are Charlie Adam, Darren Fletcher and Jacob Haugaard. Fletcher has hardly featured this season and is linked with a move to the Scotland national team set-up. Adam did start at the base of Jones’ pyramid system, however he has been benched since and looks set to leave. Haugaard would be unlikely to be handed another deal, but with Butland set to leave in the summer (Bournemouth are favorites to sign him), we woudl be short of keeper cover.

Moving on the loan players will be a task and a half, as Nidaye and Imbula both want moves away from Stoke. Kevin Wimmer is not a Jones player and who knows who wants him? Geoff Cameron will doubtless be offered to clubs, with his current club QPR unlikely to sign him and Eric Pieters has at least three clubs chasing his signature.

Joe Allen is another set to leave if you read betyween the lines on his cryptic interviews. Possibly Ryan Woods, who although he only signed a permanent transfer in January, seems not to feature in the manager’s plans.

No news on the manager and Dom Telford impresses on loan

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on May 14, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Still no news on the manager’s position as Paul Lambert currently remains in charge. With David Moyes’ contract now expired with West Ham there are some rumours we may be after him as our next manager.

Jack Butland may possibly stay next season. Speaking on Sunday to the club website he said: “I would love nothing more than to see this Club back in the Premier League. If I’m a part of that, brilliant, if I’m not, and things go different ways, then that is what happens – but at the moment it is extremely difficult to talk about it.” Be great if he did, although realistically he is likely to be off to a Premier League club in the summer.

18 year old Lasse Sorenson made his senior debut at the 2-1 win at Swansea and certainly impressed. Along with Tom Edwards and Tyrese Campbell we should see these as regulars in the match day squad next season. Another who may be in contention is 21 year old Dom Telford who scored 14 goals in six games whilst playing under Chris Hargreaves’ development squad during his season long loan at Bristol Rovers. Add in Josh Tymon, Julien N’Goy, Thibaud Verlinden and Harry Souter we do have youngsters who could well make the jump to regular first team football.

New Championship season starts on the weekend of 3rd-5th August and the fixtures are released on June 21st.

Stoke City relegated – big summer ahead!!

Posted in Championship, Football, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , , , on May 7, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Sadly I predicted we’d be relegated last summer as we stuck with Mark Hughes, who the club should have sacked last summer. As it was he wasted £18m on Kevin Wimmer from Spurs (he will hopefully be off in the summer), we had Jese on loan which ended badly and only really Kurt Zuoma on loan from Chelsea was a success. Arnie leaving for West Ham was a blow as we never really replaced him or his goals/assists. Plus we kept Glen Johnson and let Phil Bardsley go, who would have been much better in a relegation scrap.

January we changed manager (finally!) with Paul Lambert taking charge and three new signings, including the highly impressive Bauer. But most importantly we failed to sign a striker and even in the summer we took a gamble with Jese on loan. That cost us a lot as a decent striker makes all the difference and our defence under Hughes was awful, plus he bizarrely threw the Chelsea game where we were thrashed in order to beat Newcastle – we lost one nil.

We certainly stopped shipping goals under Lambert, however we scored rarely and relied heavily on Shaqiri for any goals. So the Championship next season after ten years in the Premier League and twenty years since our last relegation from old Division 2 (Championship) to Division 3 (League 1). Big rebuild needed in the squad with Jack Butland, Shaqiri and Joe Allen all likely to be sold as they will want PL football next season. Hopefully we can hold onto Grant, Shawcross, Bauer, Martins Indi, Diouf and Pieters, even Crouch and Adam as they would be useful experience/cover in the Championship where games come thick and fast.

Paul Lambert wants to stay, he has Championship experience however his record as our manager is poor – one win since he joined in mid-January. Chances are Peter Coates will stick with Lambert and our inept recruitment team of Scholes & Cartwright. We really need to focus and get a team spirit back as we could easily go down again as our problems mirror that of Sunderland, with a wage bill full of players on high wages playing little (Berahino) or on loan (Imbula – £20m for him, what a flop signing), who you can’t see many other clubs falling over themselves to sign.

I have supported my team Stoke City since the mid-70’s when I was a wide eyed & excited eight year old attending his first game and do feel for those youngsters seeing us being relegated – not anyone over 16 though, crying on TV get a grip 🙂 We will be back in the Premier League. Here’s hoping Coates & Co. admit their mistakes and more importantly learn from them, so we don’t have to wait twenty odd years until we get back in the top flight.

It is a very sad to see us relegated and with a whimper, look at West Brom they at least battled under Darren Moore. Still Stoke is my club and I will carry on supporting them through thick and thin. Already getting excited about next season…surely it can’t be any worse than this one?!

Jese finished at Stoke

Posted in Football, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Jese Rodriguez has finished his time at Stoke after he was given unpaid compassionate leave until the end of the season. He has not had a successful loan spell since joining in the summer and won’t be missed by Stoke fans it has to be said.

A club spokesman said: “In order to respond to recent press speculation surrounding Jesé Rodriguez, we would like to confirm that the club has given Jesé permission to take unpaid compassionate leave until the end of the season for personal reasons and therefore he will not be returning to Stoke during his loan period.”

Even though we are not yet relegated the rumours are rife over departures of some of our players with Jack Butland linked with a summer move to Premiership new boys Wolves. One former player who may join us on a free is Leicester’s Robert Huth according to a posting on the Oatcake MB. He maybe 34 now but he’d add that defensive steel missing from Stoke most of this season.

 

 

 

Big summer ahead for Stoke City…

Posted in Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on April 9, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Zouma, Stafylidis and Jese loans end and they will return to their respective clubs, whilst we will have returning loanees Imbula, Bojan and Muniesa. Of those if we are relegated I am sure we will look to loan or sell Imbula. Jacob Haugaard, Glen Johnson and Charlie Adam are all out of contract in the summer, plus Stephen Ireland’s short term contract expires in June. That will be seven out of the squad for starters – can’t see us offering contracts to any of these four.

Then if/when we are relegated we will lose Shaqiri, Joe Allen and Jack Butland plus looks like Badou Ndiaye will be off and Ramadan Sobhi.

Does leave a big rebuilding job for whoever is in charge come the summer (I do think Paul Lambert will be kept on) and hopefully the likes of Grant, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Cameron, Diouf and Bauer will stay, plus Crouch and even Darren Fletcher could prove better at Championship level. That leaves the flops like Berahino and Wimmer to deal with as well, plus Afellay will surely be on his way given recent events. The positive is the decent batch of younger players we have including Tyrese Campbell, Tom Edwards and Sorenson.

Whatever league we end up in next season it will require a massive squad overhaul and rebuilding, which has been long overdue and one of the reasons why we have struggled this season with an unbalanced squad.

Bojan joins Manz on loan

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Bojan has joined German club Mainz on loan for the rest of the season. Good luck to him and he may be back at Stoke next season, although not sure he features much in Mark Hughes’ plans.

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Injury wise Stephen Ireland, Jack Butland and Geoff Cameron are all due back by the end of February, whilst Jon Walters has no return date as yet from his knee injury/surgery.