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Jonathan Walters | Forward

Team: Stoke City
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 174

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A Jon Walters brace put the Republic of Ireland into the Euro2016 field via their 3-1 aggregate playoff win over Bosnia and Hertzegovina.
The Stoke City forward put two goals past former club teammate Asmir Begovic as the Republic of Ireland turned a 1-1 away result last week into a 3-1 aggregate victory at the Aviva Stadium on Monday. Walters scored the opener from the penalty spot in the 24th minute in what would prove to be the decisive goal of the home and home tie. He iced the victory in the second half from six yards out and put Ireland into Euro2016. Nov 16 - 4:42 PM

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Mark Hughes is hoping Jon Walters, Glen Johnson and Peter Odemwingie will recover in time to take on Leicester at the Britannia next weekend after missing the defeat to Arsenal because of injury.

Walters had been linked with a move away from the club during the transfer window and delayed joining up with his Republic of Ireland team mates ahead of deadline day. International manager Martin O’Neill even confirmed the forward "might" be on his way. However a deal could not be agreed and Walters will now remain a Potter until January at least. During Fridays’ press conference Hughes reiterated Walters was still very much a part of his plans "He will be involved with our game against Arsenal. Jon's a very, very good professional. He'll get his head down." However Walters picked up a minor knee injury in training on Friday and didn’t travel with the squad although the problem is not thought to be serious. Glen Johnson [groin] failed a late test while Odemwingie was involved for the U21s as he improves his fitness.
Sep 13 - 2:36 PM

Amid rumors of a potential move to Norwich City, Jon Walters has reportedly asked out at the Britannia.

The rumor mill indicated last week that Stoke City knocked back two bids from Norwich City for forward Jon Walters. One of last season's pleasant surprises, Walters hasn't seen a lot of action so far this season. He started the first two matches but was withdrawn after 58 minutes in the second and hasn't seen the pitch since. With depth improving at the Britannia, it seems sensible for Mark Hughes to cash in on what little value is out there for a journeyman forward who will turn 32-years-old in September. Walters' value to fantasy managers immediately increases if he does get a move to the Carrow Road where Cameron Jerome doesn't offer particularly stout competition for playing time.
Aug 31 - 3:53 PM

Stoke City cruised to a 0-6 win, backed with two goals from Jon Walters, over legendary Welsh club Wrexham FC.

Stoke put forth a strong lineup filled with several projected starters, and they seemed to have no trouble finding their attacking chemistry. Mame Biram Diouf opened the scoring in the 22nd minute. Walters was next with his first strike of the day before Marco van Ginkel grabbed his first goal as a Potter just before the break. Walters stayed in the game to start the second half and would net again before goals by Joselu and Dominic Telford wrapped things up. Stoke have a ton of talent on their roster right now and look set to be a tough opponent for anyone this season.
Jul 22 - 5:32 PM

Jon Walters joins Peter Crouch and Peter Odemwingie who are all potential absentees for Stoke City's season finale against Liverpool.

Mark Hughes faces a trio of potential absentees on his front line with Jon Walters, Peter Crouch and Peter Odemwingie all facing questions about their availability for Sunday's match with Liverpool. Mame Biram Diouf is a lock to start but whether he is a lone striker or one of the walking wounded joins him is a big question. Fantasy managers should focus what energy they have for Stoke City's attack on Diouf, Marko Arnautovic and Charlie Adam who are among the stronger bets available.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 10:48 AM

Jon Walters has had an excellent season by his standards already but he has seen his performance dip over the past month.

It's hard to imagine a scenario where a 30+ year-old attacker who bases his game more on effort and physicality than outrageous skill improved as much as it appeared Walters had earlier in the season. With seven goals already, you can buy that this season's output was just bunched together more than you might expect rather than predicting that Walters would move into the double digits. The tail end of the season has seen Walters' performance drop off significantly and fantasy managers who haven't already done so should sell and replace Walters with a more productive option.
Apr 16 - 11:13 AM

Jon Walters fractured his cheekbone last week but, like Francis Coquelin at Arsenal, could play through the injury.

Stoke City are getting solid-but-not-great contributions from multiple forwards including Walters but they are surely at their best when they can mix and match throughout a contest. Even if he starts on the bench, Mark Hughes will be happy if he can have Walters available as a change of pace if Mame Biram Diouf and Peter Crouch aren't getting the job done. That isn't a sure thing though and anyone owning Walters should probably count on starting someone else in Week 30.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 20 - 1:55 PM

Stoke suffered their third league defeat of 2015 as Mark Hughes’ men struggled to breakdown a well-organised Tony Pulis side at the Hawthorns but while the narrow loss [1-0] will be disappointing injuries to Jon Walters, Erik Pieters and Victor Moses will be of a greater concern.

Having already lost Pieters at half-time to a muscular problem and then Victor Moses after the Stoke winger failed to recover from a heavy Craig Gardner challenge, Walters rose with Craig Dawson and caught an arm to the face - all three players will be assessed over the next 24/48 hours. However Hughes can at least take solace from the fact that skipper Ryan Shawcross came through the game unscathed – his first match in 6 weeks – while Philipp Wollscheid only just missed out after failing a late test meaning the German should be fine for GW30.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Mar 14 - 1:52 PM

Jon Walters' ongoing knee issues may keep him out of Stoke City's Wednesday match with Everton in Week 28.

With Walters still questionable it will likely fall to Peter Crouch or Marko Arnautovic to partner Mame Biram Diouf. Stoke City are struggling with injuries all over the pitch to key players. Beyond Walters' injury they will be missing Bojan, Bojan's replacement Stephen Ireland, Ryan Shawcross, and Marc Muniesa. Ordinarily, the Potters are a strong bet against fellow mid-table opponents when playing at the Britannia but in this weakened state they should be treated as less of a strong bet.
Mar 3 - 11:30 AM

Mark Hughes will make a late decision on leading scorer Jon Walters as the Irish international continues to struggle with an ongoing knee complaint.

Walters has been in excellent form recently scoring his first Premier League hat-trick back in GW24 [against Queens Park Rangers] but a knee injury meant the forward missed the back-to-back [4-1] defeats to both Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers. However the Potters will give Walters every opportunity to prove his fitness ahead of the trip to Villa Park following a pain-killing injection especially given Peter Crouch is another doubt with groin and hip issues. Hughes is also sweating on the fitness of Erik Pieters [Hernia] and Marc Wilson following the loss of Ryan Shawcross [back], Marc Muniesa [hamstring] and Geoff Cameron [suspended].
Feb 19 - 7:45 PM

Jon Walters, the man who powered Stoke City with a hat trick in Week 23, is struggling with a knee injury that may keep him from participating in Week 24 against Newcastle.

Walters has been one of the shocks of the 2014-15 season as he has, at 31-years-old, already come within a goal of his best full-season Premier League goal total. The schedule may be unkind to him as he looks to equal that total as his knee injury coincides with matches on both Sunday and Wednesday. He may yet participate in one or both but fantasy managers should take care as he faces a late fitness test.
Feb 6 - 12:11 PM

Jon Walters scored a surprising hat trick to power Stoke City to a 3-1 win over QPR at the,Britannia.

At 31-years-old, Jon Walters is having a breakout season for Mark Hughes and Stoke City. Walters has generally been viewed as a utility player and a workmanlike reserve but this season he has broken out as the Potters' leading scorer. With Bojan out for the season the club will need Walters to keep up his current pace.
Jan 31 - 12:19 PM

Jon Walters combined with Bojan to rip Arsenal apart in the first half to continue an excellent season especially coming as a 31-year-old.

Jon Walters has never been considered much more than a spare part on a mid-table team but this season he has risen above that reputation on a regular basis. Despite not being a regular starter he has contributed four goals and two assists in Premier League play. The likely highlight of the season came on Saturday as he collected a goal and an assist as Stoke City dominated Arsenal for about 60 minutes and held on to win 3-2.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 02:28:00 PM

Stoke City may be without their leading goal-scorer against Arsenal as Jon Walters faces a fitness check ahead of the Week 15 match-up at the Britannia.

Facing Arsenal is never an easy challenge but Stoke City look likely to make it even more difficult as they could be without Jon Walters, Robert Huth, Glenn Whelan, Stephen Ireland, Steve Sidwell, Victor Moses, and Peter Odemwingie. Having a thin squad isn't what you want when you're facing off against one of the league's heavyweights.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 12:09:00 PM

Jon Walters scored Stoke City's only goal in their home loss to Burnley on Saturday.

Jon Walters may be the least aesthetically pleasing attacking player in the Premier League. That said, he continues to be a Premier League player because his no-nonsense style continues to produce the sort of results that a mid-table team needs from a reserve forward. There is no upside with Walters and even the hardest core Potters supporter will likely never come away from a match excited that they got to watch Jon Walters play but the Ireland international has put up 6, 7, 8, and 5 goals in his four full seasons at Stoke City despite being a substitute on many occasions. He already has three in eight appearances so far this season. He is the very definition of a mid-table squad player and that is in no way intended to be an insult.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 01:34:00 PM