Club statement on relegation

The Coates family have issued a statement following Stoke City’s relegation and they admit they should have dismissed Mark Hughes earlier. They are certainly honest in admitting the failures and losing the core values of the team on the pitch. Planning for next season is underway as Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle is being linked as a player to get us those much needed goals. Who the manager will be is still open to debate as the club statement did not name or back current manager Paul Lambert, who has a good record in the Championship but has had an awful results record since he joined in January.

Summer transfers 2018 –

In

Out

Ibrahim Afellay – contract cancelled

Jese Rodriguez – loan finished

Kostas Stafylidis – loan finished

Kurt Zouma – loan finished

Chelsea’s defender Kurt Zouma has signed on a season long loan

Chelsea’s defender Kurt Zouma has signed on a season long loan.

Manager Mark Hughes told the club’s official website: “Kurt is undoubtedly one of the most talented young defenders in the game, so naturally his arrival will enhance our playing squad for the forthcoming campaign.”

Good signing for us and hope we sign Bruno Martin Indi, although that transfer has gone quite this week.

Arnie, Whelan off and Tonge up the Vale!

Marko Arnautovic looks set to complete his £24m move the West Ham either today or tomorrow. A great player for us on his day, although you do wonder if his off field moods upset the dressing room karma. He’s moving purely for money though as West Ham are hardly Real Madrid, one of a few clubs he’d said he would only ever leave Stoke for.

Also packing his bags is Glen Whelan who has joined Aston Villa in a deal worth up to £2m, with an initial fee of £1.25m. One of the players who helped us gain promotion to the Premiership and he has been a regular since he joined in 2008, making 338 league and cup appearances for Stoke. One of the better players I have seen at Stoke in recent years and wishing him well at Villa.

Imbula looks set to leave before the new season starts with Torino the latest club to express interest in signing him.

Question is how much of the incoming transfer fees will Mark Hughes be given to spend? Various reports are linking us with Man City’s Fabian Delph in a £10m deal, not a loan as originally thought.

Chelsea defender Kurt Zuoma is all but signed on a season long loan and has even been photographed in Stoke kit! The delay in announcing this deal is thought to be whilst he agrees a new contract at Chelsea.

Bruno Martins Indi could still be a Stoke player, although Porto are playing silly buggers it seems and Crystal Palace are interested in signing him as well.

Man Utd’s Ashley Young has also been heavily linked with a move to Stoke.

Former Stoke player Michael Tonge is currently a trialist at Port Vale. He was at Stoke for five years between 2008 and 2013, where he spent more time on loan than at Stoke. Never really made an impact and not one of Tony Pulis’s better signings. After two seasons at Stevenage he is after a new club and if he joins the Vale he will link up with fellow former Stoke player Danny Pugh.