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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.

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’

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.

Adam, Fletcher and Haugaard all leave Stoke

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , on May 2, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Charlie Adam, Darren Fletcher and Jacob Haugaard will all leave the club this summer when their contracts expire. Shame regarding Adam as he would have made a decent coach, although he is keen still to play regular football which he wouldn’t get at Stoke.

Fletcher was a free transfer signing from West Brom two seasons ago and although another good character like Adam to have in a team, he never really shone for us and was probably past his best footballing wise. Haugaard is a goalkeeper only a goalkeeping coach could love as he never instilled confidence when between the sticks!

Former player Gareth Owen has been named as the new head of Stoke’s academy which does seem to be producing some exciting young players for us like Tom Edwards, Nathan Collins and Tyresse Campbell.

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.

Stoke get that winning feeling again as Didcot draw away

Posted in Championship, Didcot Town FC, Football, non league footnball, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , on April 8, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke went back to winning ways away at Blackburn and scored a goal – a great strike by Peter Etebo! Bojan missed a penalty, so we’ve only put away three out of the last thirteen penalties. That makes it nine games undefeated now with Swansea away tomorrow evening. Both Tom Ince and Ryan Shawcross are likely to be missing due to injury.

Congratulations to Tyrese Campbell, currently on loan at Shrewsbury Town, who won the EFL’s Young Player of the Month award for February.

Didcot Town drew one all away at Kempston Rovers, which given the team changes (player manager Andy Ballard and Adam Leyroad were serving the first of their two match bans), was a decent away point and they still remain in the final play-off spot. Kidlington at home this weekend is a ‘must win’ to help secure a play-off place.

Louis Moult & summer clear out

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on March 21, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Former player Louis Moult has given a frank interview about his binge drinking in his teenage years and coping with the loss of his mum. It is a remarkably honest interview and highlights that men really should open up more about their feelings, not bottling them up which will always have some effect later on in life.

“But I’ve learned that talking about stuff is the only way. There was a time when, at this point in the conversation, I would be crying. But I’m not.”

You can read more here

In other Stoke City new academy director Gareth Jennings is leaving the club to take up a role with FIFA. Manager Nathan Jones seems one to introduce youngsters to the first team with Tom Edwards now a regular starter and Thibaud Verlinden started his first senior game against Reading last weekend.

Although the current season hasn’t ended yet, Nathan Jones has stated it will be an important summer not only in changing the squad around, but also getting them match fit. In recent years some of our players have looked woefully unfit at times, a far cry from the ‘Pulis fit’ days.

Of the out of contract players Darren Fletcher will surely leave the club and he has been popping up a lot as a football pundit for the BBC. Before Jones arrived Charlie Adam looked certain to leave, however now he is now getting games and fitting in well in the Jones ‘diamond’ midfield. He could be offered a new deal, unless a player coach role comes up in Scotland.

The biggest headache is what to do with the returning loanees like Imbula and Ndiaye, both on long and expensive contracts. Plus we have the defensive wonder Kevin Wimmer to come back, deep joy! Season long loans may be the best option, however it is the wages that will hinder moving these players on.

Jack Butland and Joe Allen could both leave as the club looks to cash in plus both stated they would stay last summer to help the club gain promotion, however as this hasn’t happened they may now look for a move to a Premier League club.

RIP – GORDON BANKS

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on February 12, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Former England and Stoke City goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died aged 81 after a long cancer related illness.

Part of Stoke’s 1972 League Cup winners team, he continued to appear at Stoke matches and although I was too young to see him play, I have seen him many times at Stoke games. A true club legend along with Sir Stanley Matthews.

A statement issued by Stoke City FC on behalf of the family reads: “It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight. We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him. We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time.”

Danny Batth signs for Stoke

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on January 29, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke have signed defender Danny Batth from Wolves for an undisclosed fee on a three and a half years contract. Batth had been on loan at Middlesboro this season, a team manager by former Stoke boss Tony Pulis.

He may not be the only centre back joining as we have been linked with moves for Portsmouth’s Matt Clarke and Luton Town’s Justin James. Although we have an agreement with Luton that we won’t bid on any of their players this season, we can join in a bidding process once another makes an offer for a Luton player we are interested in. In this case Aston Villa are rumoured to be lining up a bid for Justin James.

Up front we are being linked with a move for Burnley’s Sam Vokes and Charlie Austin from Southampton.

The club have also said they will listen to offers for Peter Crouch and Darren Fletcher, both of whom are out of contract this summer and in Flecther’s case he has yet to play under new manager Nathan Jones. Wages will be the big issue in moving either player on from the club.

Ryan Sweeney has left Stoke signing for Mansfield Town on a free transfer. He has been on loan at Mansfield since the start of the season.