Player News - Stoke City

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Peter Odemwingie scored a headed goal between two Koln goals as Stoke City dropped their final pre-season tune-up in advance of the start of the Premier League season.

Ibrahim Afellay got his first start for the Potters but couldn't help them get a pre-season win as Koln took home the title in their pre-season tournament. Peter Odemwingie, who came on as a substitute for Afellay, got a goal that will help propel him into the start of the new season but the Potters weren't as lucky. Stoke City started Butland, Johnson, Marc Muniesa, Teixeira, Pieters, Sidwell, van Ginkel, Walters, Ireland, Afellay, and Joselu for the affair.
Aug 2 - 9:01 PM

Ibrahim Afellay isn't the big name winger Stoke City were hoping for but he should provide quality depth for the Potters.

Afellay was once the "next big thing" coming from Holland. His move to Barcelona failed to materialize either the player or club wanted to and with Barcelona having three of the best attackers on the planet starting and players like Alexis and Pedro and Turan around as reserves in recent seasons, it wasn't likely to get any better. He did reasonably well on loan at Olympiokos last season and will now attempt to take a significant step up in competition moving to the Premier League. Don't let any lingering memories of Afellay as a "big name" fool you into thinking he's necessarily a starter for the Potters. Forget the name on the back of the shirt and think of him as a guy who scored 4 in 19 in the Greek league last season.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 29 - 2:49 PM

Stoke City didn't play particularly well against Brentford on Saturday but they welcomed back Bojan to the line-up which will be a boost heading into the season.

The match was also the first pre-season action for new signing Glen Johnson and skipper Ryan Shawcross so you'll understand if the Potters were a little rusty against their Championship opposition. Bojan's appearance is probably a solid indication that he will be ready for the start of the season. He may not be ready to go 90 minutes against Liverpool on August 9th but he may start and go 60 and be ready to play a full league match shortly thereafter.
Jul 25 - 12:47 PM

Starters vs Brentford: Butland; Johnson, Shawcross, Muniesa, Pieters; Walters, v.Ginkel, Sidwell, Cameron, Odemwingie; Joselu

The inclusion of Marc Muniesa along with what looks like the rest of the starting defense is the most interesting note here. With drafts coming up, Muniesa could be great value if he is going to partner Shawcross on a regular basis.
Source: Twitter.com
Jul 25 - 8:28 AM

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

Stoke City took third in the Premier League Asia Trophy after defeating Singa All-Stars, 2-0.

Steve Sidwell put Stoke up for good just seven minutes in, when he was able to find the net from a Peter Crouch cross. The opponents did not come close to leveling things until nearly halftime, but Shay Given was cut a break as a 1-on-1 situation saw the shooter fire wide. Marko Arnautovic would then seal the victory in the 73rd minute for his first preseason tally.
Source: Sports Mole
Jul 18 - 11:24 AM

Mark Hughes has confirmed the signing of Glen Johnson by Stoke City.

Stoke City have completed a number of moves in the past week and Glen Johnson signing with them is a solid addition to their defense. WIth Hughes now reporting the deal as done, we feel even better about Stoke's summer moves. We analyzed what this moves means for both Glen Johnson and Stoke City at the link below.
Jul 11 - 6:55 AM

Stoke City have been dominating the transfer headlines today and it continues with word from both Sky Sports and The Mirror that Glen Johnson will be signing on a two-year deal.

Stoke City are loaded in the center of defense but they are a bit thin at right back. The Potters will reportedly fill that gap by signing out-of-contract veteran Glen Johnson who was released by Liverpool after his contract expired at the end of the season. Given that no transfer fee will be involved and the contract is a short term deal, this is a sensible deal for Stoke City. It's hard to know what Johnson has left in the tank because no one thrived in the wingback positions at Liverpool last season. It could be that being restored to a more traditional 4-4-2 with more protection around him could see Johnson bounce back at least a little bit from last season's poor performances.
Source: Twitter.com
Jul 10 - 4:18 PM

Stoke City have signed Shay Given who will presumably back up Jack Butland at the Britannia this season with Asmir Begovic headed to Stamford Bridge.

All signs point to Begovic being on his way to West London this evening. Chelsea have loaned Stoke City Marco Van Ginkel. Stoke City have acquired another goalkeeper. All that is left is for the official announcement on Begovic to be made. Given seems unlikely to get a lot of playing time unless Jack Butland turns out to be over-matched but in Butland's end-of-season run he seemed to be ready to take over the starting role.
Source: Twitter.com
Jul 10 - 4:13 PM

Stoke City have made acquired Chelsea holding midfielder Marco Van Ginkel on loan for the 2015-16 season.

The other shoe to drop here is presumably the deal to send goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to Stamford Bridge on a permanent deal. No word on whether Stoke City have acquired any rights to purchase Van Ginkel on a permanent basis at a set price should his loan deal work out. The Potters definitely need a replacement for N'Zonzi and Van Ginkel isn't likely to see much playing time at Stamford Bridge anytime soon with Nemanja Matic among the best in the world in that role. This could be a nice get for the Potters and costs Chelsea almost nothing in terms of lost production.
Source: Twitter.com
Jul 10 - 3:44 PM

Stoke City have confirmed via their official Twitter feed that Steven N'Zonzi has left the club for Sevilla.

The holding midfield role becomes something of a hole in the Stoke City squad for the moment with N'Zonzi leaving. They are rumored to be bringing in Sergio Molina but he is young and relatively untested despite a strong pedigree. It seems like it would make sense to bring in a veteran to provide depth and ease the transition until Molina has proven that he's ready to start in the Premier League every day.
Source: Twitter.com
Jul 9 - 2:43 PM

Stoke City have agreed on a £7million fee that will see the holding midfielder move from the Premier League to the two-time defending Europa League champions.

With Champions League football their reward for winning last season's Europa League, Sevilla have the financial firepower to invest in their squad. N'Zonzi represents exactly the right sort of investment. Not too expensive. Young enough to still have some improvement ahead of him but accomplished enough to be expected to start immediately. Personal terms are still pending but this deal looks like it is essentially done. Stoke City are rumored to be close to landing N'Zonzi's long term replacement in the form of Real Madrid product Sergio Molina.
Jul 8 - 2:36 PM

Stoke City signed 23-year-old Jakob Haugaard to a three year contract after the Danish keeper arrived via transfer from FC Midtjylland.

It is a true changing of the guard at the Brittania as veteran Thomas Sorensen, a legendary Danish shot-stopper, was released and is replaced by compatriot Haugaard. The #1 shirt is all Asmir Begovic's at the moment and Jack Butland is still on the books so it may be a while before we get a look at Haugaard in the first team.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 4 - 11:40 AM

Bojan Krkic has set his sights on being ready for the season opener when Stoke welcome Liverpool to the Britannia Stadium.

After a slow start to his BPL career Bojan was beginning to benefit from an extended run in the first team before a knee ligament injury curtailed his season on a cold Monday night away at Rochdale in the FA Cup. Scans subsequently confirmed that the Spanish striker had ruptured his ACL - an injury which typically takes around 9-12 months of rehab before returning to the highest level. However Bojan has always maintained he would be back ahead of schedule and true to his word the player joined the main group in pre-season training on Friday. Bojan will be monitored closely throughout July but the early signs indicate a remarkable recovery in double quick time.
Jul 4 - 8:37 AM

Stoke City have announced a one-year contract extension for Peter Odemwingie after the player recovered from a long-term knee injury to feature down the stretch in the 2014-15 season.

Odemwingie was injured early in his Britannia stay last season and didn't come back in enough time to show too much after he recovered from his knee injury. The one year contract takes Odemwingie through the upcoming season and gives the club an option to extend it for another year at their discretion. At 34-years-old to start next season, Odemwingie will likely be primarily a reserve behind a fairly deep bench of Stoke City attackers including Mame Biram Diouf, Joselu, Peter Crouch, and Jon Walters.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 2 - 3:57 PM


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