Player News - Stoke City

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Joe Allen looked to have won the Potters their first match of the season before a late Albion goal forced a draw.

At home against West Brom is the sort of match that Stoke City need three points from. They were almost there but couldn't quite get it over the line. The single point has them firmly in the relegation zone after six matches.
Source: Espnfc.com
Sep 24 - 1:12 PM

Jon Walters' ankle injury caused him to miss out on the Potters' 2-1 EFL Cup loss to Hull city in mid-week and he remains doubtful for the weekend visit of West Brom.

With Wilfried Bony having arrived on loan from Manchester City and the return of Xherdan Shaqiri from injury it isn't likely that Walters would have started. His likely production goes from little (as a potential second half substitute) to almost nil. Until Stoke City turn things around and show that they can be even a competent Premier League side there isn't a lot that should be expected from this side as a group let alone Walters.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 23 - 10:13 AM

Xherdan Shaqiri has finally gotten past his calf issue and should be in line to start against West Bromwich Albion in Week 6 action at the Britannia.

Stoke City have been a disaster at both ends of the pitch in Shaqiri's absence. His goal in Week 1 to equalize the match with Middlesbrough has yielded their only point of the season to date. Mark Hughes will be hoping that a return to the line-up will help bring order to the attack and alleviate pressure on a defense that has been conceding goals like it's Halloween and the goals are candy. With West Brom coming off of a four goal outburst themselves there is still the potential for an ugly outcome for the home side
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 23 - 10:09 AM

Mark Hughes' side crashed out of the EFL Cup losing a 2-1 decision to visiting Hull City with a stoppage time goal deciding it.

The Potters remain winless on the season in the Premier League and the loss to a newly promoted club in the EFL Cup came despite Hughes fielding an almost full strength starting eleven. Of the starters, only Lee Grant and Ramadan Sohbi were not regulars in the league. Slumping Marko Arnautovic opened the scoring in the 24th minute but saw his goal canceled out at the end of the first half by Ryan Mason. It looked like it might go to extra time before Markus Henriksen scored in the first minute of stoppage time for the winner.
Source: espnfc.com
Sep 22 - 8:56 AM

Glen Johnson has resumed training with Stoke City and maybe rushed back into the starting eleven after some disastrous defensive efforts by the club during the first four weeks.

Glen Johnson, more of an attacking right back than a defense-minded one, has rarely been known as a defensive savior in his time as a professional. Such is the depth of Stoke City's early-season struggles that Johnson may find himself cast in exactly that role against Crystal Palace in Week 5. Whether it be as an improvement in the ability of the back four to hold off their opponents or a spark to the attack, Hughes can hardly do worse than what he's seen from his side so far this season.
Sep 16 - 11:07 AM

Xherdan Shaqiri will continue to miss out for Stoke City in Week 5 with the calf injury that has kept him out since the opening weekend of the season.

The Potters have struggled mightily without the influential play-maker and will again face a difficult road as the face a revitalized Crystal Palace on Sunday. Both clubs signed significant upgrades in their forward ranks - Bony for Stoke City and Benteke for Palace - but while the Eagles created chances for their new man on his debut, the Potters struggled to do so for Bony. Mark Hughes will have to find a way to start generating more of an attack or his side will stay rooted to the bottom of the table where they find themselves.
Sep 16 - 11:01 AM

The schedule hasn't been kind to start the season but Stoke City seem to be regressing significantly.

One of the nice things about following fantasy is that sometimes you can tell when a club is just unlucky (lots of chances created or shots on target but not enough goals) or just bad (no chances created leading to no shots leading to no goals). Stoke City seems to be trending toward the latter. As a team they have approximately the same number of key passes per match as Willian does by himself and they have fewer shots on target as a group than Romelu Lukaku does by himself. Those aren't trends that scream that a turnaround is coming. The hope is that Shaqiri can get healthy and spark the attack but that's a lot to pin on one injury-prone midfielder.
Source: Togga
Sep 13 - 2:12 PM

Stoke City continued their rough start to the season with a lopsided loss at home to Tottenham, 0-4.

The Potters were the better side for the first 35 minutes of the match. They were beating Tottenham to balls and carried more threat in the final third than their opponent. But, they squandered their chance to make anything of it and eventually the defense, who entered the weekend tied for most goals conceded, would cough up four more on the day. Bruno Martins Indi was handed his debut and it was a forgettable one, looking particularly at fault for Heung-min Son's second goal. The team were not helped when Mark Hughes was "sent off" late in the first half, being forced to sit in the stands for the rest of the match. Wilfried Bony, to no surprise, looked to be lacking sharpness, as he has gone many months since leading a line. Stoke will try to end their three match losing streak when they travel to Palace next weekend.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 10 - 12:16 PM

Stoke City will have to do without winger Xherdan Shaqiri for yet another week due to a lingering calf injury sustained in Week 1.

Said manager Mark Hughes: "Xherdan is still a little bit slow at the moment. We’ve tried something a little different with him this week just to push him on but he won’t be available for the weekend." Shaqiri looked to be off to a great start with a goal in the opening match with Middlesbrough following a sluggish debut season in the Premier League last year. But the Swiss international will now miss his third straight match after failing to recover during the international break. With him out, Bojan, Jon Walters, Wilfried Bony and Mame Diouf all come into contention for two starting spots.
Source: Stoke City
Sep 9 - 5:46 PM

Stoke City have suffered a significant blow with the news that goalkeeper Jack Butland will require additional surgery on his ankle that will likely keep him out approximately two additional months.

Mark Hughes brought in Lee Grant from Derby County on deadline day to provide coverage over and above what he could get from the seemingly ageless Shay Given and it's a good thing. Butland will likely not be back until early November meaning that some combination of Grant and Given will likely have to hold the fort until then. Given will likely be the first choice in Butland's absence with Grant the deputy.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 2 - 1:27 PM

Stoke City have loaned striker Joselu to La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna for the remainder of the season.

Joselu was brought in last season as competition for Mame Biram Diouf but failed to make a lasting impression on Mark Hughes, scoring four goals during that campaign. It was pretty clear he was far from getting starts this season, only making the bench once in Stoke's first three league games. With the arrival of Wilfried Bony, Joselu became surplus to requirements. It should be Bony's job as long as he fit or doesn't completely flame out, with Diouf backing him up and Peter Crouch rounding out the depth chart.
Source: ESPN FC
Sep 1 - 1:00 AM

Stoke City have bolstered their defense with the signing of Dutch international Bruno Martins Indi from Porto.

Martins Indi is a significant signing for a Potters' defense that has struggled in the early weeks of the 2016-17 campaign. The central midfield trio of Glenn Whelan, Joe Allen and Giannelli Ibula haven't provided sufficient coverage and the center backs have been a bit of a liability. The arrival of Martins Indi should help solve one of those two problems and, hopefully, lift some of the burden on the midfield and allow them to focus more on improving a thus far fairly impotent attack. With opponents likely to be attacking the Potters more than defending, Martins Indi should have more than his share of opportunities for tackles, interceptions, aerials, and clearances.
Source: @StokeCity
Aug 31 - 2:21 PM

It's one in and one out at the Potteries with Philipp Wollscheid departing and Bruno Martins Indi arriving from Porto.

Dutch international Martins Indi has been frequently linked with a move to the Premier League and it has finally come to fruition with the announcement of a transfer to Stoke City. This definitely represents an upgrade for the Potters who have looked off the pace early in the season. Hopefully, Martins Indi can defend a set piece without tackling opposing players in the penalty area. That alone would be an improvement for Mark Hughes.
Source: @StokeCity
Aug 31 - 12:02 PM

Stoke City have trimmed their defensive corps with the loan of Philipp Wollscheid to Wolfsburg.

The German defender never quite settled in at the Britannia. Despite the Potters being hit with a ton of injuries last season Wollscheid never took the opportunity to make a starting spot opposite Ryan Shawcross his. With the arrival of Bruno Martins Indi from Porto, Wollscheid was viewed as surplus to requirements and allowed to leave the club for Wolfsburg where, presumably, he will get more playing time.
Aug 31 - 11:57 AM

Phillip Wollsheid has left Stoke City for a year long loan to Wolfsburg. Dutch international Bruno Martins-Indi has arrived on a season long loan to replace him.

Wollsheid's loan is understand to have an option to buy if the German club wish. Wollscheid had been a solid performer in his time with the Potters but was never a good starter, instead getting his chances when injuries occurred. Luckily for him, that was pretty often. Stoke have signed Martins-Indi from Portuguese club Porto. He was one of the best performers at the 2014 World Cup but has since dropped down the pecking order, failing to meet expectations that he would be a player similar to Jaap Stam. He was subject to interest from Manchester United around that period too. He is a fast, powerful defender who is good in the air. He should compliment Shawcross well in the heart of Stoke's back line. Mark Hughes will be hoping the 24 year old can bring the experience and solidity needed to help his team stop the rot after a poor opening few games.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 31 - 11:56 AM



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