Player News - Stoke City

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Stoke City brought an end to its three-match winless streak in the Premier League in 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace.

After surprising fantasy managers everywhere with five goals in the first half of the season, it took Allen six weeks before scoring his first league goal of 2017. Tied at 0-0 in a sluggish deadlock in the cold, Stoke found its breakthrough in the 67th minute when Marko Arnautovic sprung Ramadan Sobhi as an outlet. The Egyptian, who started in his first game back from the African Cup of Nations, found Allen for the match-winner to bring the Potters into ninth place. Meanwhile, the Stoke defense recorded its first clean sheet since Week 20, allowing only one shot on target.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 11 - 12:18 PM

Xherdan Shaqiri is likely to miss his third consecutive match with a calf injury.

It's getting difficult to come up with new ways to write summaries of Xherdan Shaqiri muscle injuries. The Swiss international is doubtful to participate again in Week 25 against Crystal Palace. Mark Hughes indicated that his creative midfielder is "nearing a return" but with Shaqiri that could mean just about anything. What it almost certainly means is that he will miss out this weekend. Over the long term, Stoke City will have to evaluate what Shaqiri's continual health concerns mean to his future at the club.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 10 - 11:57 AM

Saido Berahino came in for an extended substitute appearance against former club West Bromwich Albion but was peripheral as the Potters fell 1-0 to Albion.

Saido Berahino and his trials and tribulations at West Brom were a huge talking point coming into the match-up between his current and former clubs at the Hawthorns. Berahino had to be content with a place on the bench to start the match but he came on after 56 minutes and failed to make an impression. That he lacks sharpness after the better part of 18 months on the sidelines isn't surprise. The Potters didn't help their new man (or the man he replaced, Peter Crouch) by presenting much in the way of chances. It was a listless performance overall for Mark Hughes' side.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 4 - 12:22 PM

After another tumultuous week, Saido Berahino has to settle for a spot on the bench vs former club West Bromwich Albion.

After it was revealed that Berahino served a long ban earlier this season for recreational drug use, he has had to settle for a spot on the bench in his return to the Hawthorns. Mark Hughes has said that Berahino is close to ready to play a full match but apparently he's not there yet.
Source: Espnfc.com
Feb 4 - 9:50 AM

Xherdan Shaqiri will miss Week 24 with another muscle injury, this time a calf.

The story remains the same for the Swiss international. Stoke City can't count on him because it's never too long until his next muscle injury keeps him out of the line-up for a week or two. He will miss the Week 24 visit to West Brom which may well make way for a forward pairing of Peter Crouch and Saido Berahino against Berahino's former side.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 3 - 8:26 PM

Peter Crouch scored his 100th career Premier League goal as Stoke City and Everton battled to a 1-1 draw at the Britannia on Wednesday.

Peter Crouch has had some renaissance over the past month or two and he added to his recent hot streak. His 7th minute goal put Stoke City ahead for most of the first half until Seamus Coleman equalized in the 39th minute. Neither side scored in the second half leaving the sides to split the points. For fantasy purposes, the biggest worry about Crouch is that Saido Berahino was just acquired and should be ready to start soon. Berahino came in after 67 minutes against the Toffees. Hard to see Mark Hughes playing two forwards so Crouch might have to give way while Hughes sees what he has in Berahino.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 1 - 4:58 PM

Mark Hughes has indicated that he doesn't seeing it being long before the former West Brom man is ready to play the full 90 minutes.

Perhaps taking a verbal jab at former Stoke City boss Tony Pulis, Mark Hughes has gone out of his way to indicate that the newly arrived forward "looks sharp". If you read between the lines it sounds like Berahino is more likely to come in as a substitute in Week 23 but it sounds like it won't be long until he is given a chance to claim the starting role. If you're making a decision for this week I'd recommend waiting to include him in a fantasy line-up.
Jan 31 - 10:56 AM

Stoke City officially announced forward Bojan Krkic has joined German outfit Mainz on loan for the remainder of the season.

The former Barcelona prodigy has scored 15 goals in 59 appearances for the Potters since arriving in the summer of 2014, but has only made nine league appearances this season. And with the arrival of Saido Berahino last week, Bojan faced an uphill battle to even make the matchday squad. However, the forward said in a personal statement that he expects to return after this season: "For the time being, this isn't a goodbye to Stoke City," Bojan said. "It's just a 'see you soon,' but I didn't want to pass up on the opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in ensuring that I hold great memories of my time at this club."
Jan 29 - 11:48 AM

Stoke City officially announced the signing of West Brom forward Saido Berahino to a five-and-a-half-year contract.

The 23-year-old striker arrives for a £12 million fee that could rise to £15 million in add-on fees in the future. The Potters worked quickly, after news broke Friday that the sides had agreed to a move and Berahino was heading to Stoke for a medical. However, Berahino won't be available for the weekend match against Manchester United. Said chief executive Tony Scholes: "It's no secret that we have been looking to bring Saido to the Club for a long time and to suggest that we are pleased to have finally concluded the deal is an understatement. We've signed a young English striker who has already proven his ability in the Premier League. After a frustrating period he's now desperately keen to reignite his career and we look forward to seeing him do that with us."
Jan 20 - 5:27 PM

West Brom has agreed on a fee for the sale of Saido Berahino to Stoke City and the player is on his way to the Britannia for his medical.

Berahino was once one of the bright up-and-coming players in the league. After having his head turned by transfer opportunities to bigger clubs he fell out with West Brom who have effectively banished him for the better part of a season and a half. If the move to Stoke City is finalized Berahino will have a chance to get his career back on track. It is worth remembering that he has a 14-goal campaign to his credit for a team that was never particularly potent.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 20 - 1:11 PM

Peter Crouch will look to extend his goal-scoring renaissance at the Britannia as Manchester United visit the Potters.

Peter Crouch has come from the depths of the Stoke City bench to return to the sort of goal-scoring form that once saw him move to Liverpool for big money. The popular wisdom was that, at 35-years-old, his best was well in the rearview mirror. Over Stoke City's past three Premier League matches Crouch has put that notion to rest with three goals in three starts. With two of the three goals against struggling clubs in Sunderland and Watford, it is reasonable to think that Crouch's goal-scoring streak will come to an end with the visit of Manchester United in Week 22.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 20 - 11:22 AM

The Stoke City attack will be even more depleted following the news that Jon Walters has undergone surgery on his knee.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes confirmed the attacker will miss weeks after requiring knee surgery to fix a minor problem that has affected the Irishman, who has two goals in 17 league matches, throughout the season. The club is already without forwards Wilfried Bony and Mame Diouf due to the African Cup of Nations and could look to the transfer window for help. Said Hughes: "We are missing Jonny Walters unfortunately, who is suffering a problem with his knee. As a consequence of that he is going to be missing for a little bit, so that leaves us short up front to be perfectly honest."
Jan 16 - 6:27 PM

Stoke City has turned its fortunes around in the new year and now finds itself riding a two-match winning streak.

The Potters entered 2017 in the midst of a four-match Premier League winless streak, only to win their first two league games of the season. Mark Hughes' side closed out Saturday's 3-1 away win at Sunderland in the first 34 minutes, scoring all three goals with 10 minutes left in the first half that saw Sunderland fans exiting the Stadium of Light before half-time. Stoke fans will certainly be thrilled to see Marko Arnautovic firing away. The Austrian attacker has struggled to find his rhythm this season with only a single goal to his name entering Saturday after recording 11 goals and six assists last season. But that all changed with two goals in the first 22 minutes, connecting with Peter Crouch on the second. It was Crouch who then put the match away in the 34th minute as the veteran has now scored in each of the last three league matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 14 - 12:36 PM

Stoke City will get another year of Peter Crouch after signing the forward to a one-year contract extension.

The veteran forward, who turns 36 at the end of this month, has only made four Premier League starts, but it's his recent performances that has brought him back into the spotlight. Crouch has scored in each of the club's last two league matches, against Chelsea and Watford, and will now fill in for African Cup of Nations participants Mame Diouf and Wilfried Bony. "Peter still has a great deal to offer us as a player and we are pleased he has decided to extend his stay with us," said chief executive Peter Scholes.
Jan 12 - 3:36 PM

Geoff Cameron is "positive" he can return to action within the next month despite travelling to the US for a second opinion on his ongoing knee injury.

The American international strained his medial knee ligament back in October during the 2-0 win over Hull at the KCOM Stadium, an injury which was expected to take a matter of weeks before a setback in training. A month later, Mark Hughes urged supporters "to be patient" as the medical team were finding the injury "difficult to progress." In an attempt to quicken his return, Cameron suggested another set of expert eyes which was welcomed by Hughes: "He's always asking how I'm feeling and how I'm doing," Cameron said. "He's all for it [the US visit] because he just wants to get me back playing. Hopefully, we will get some answers in the next week or so."
Jan 11 - 6:00 AM



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