Player News - Stoke City

Date: Team: Pos:

Stoke City have confirmed that Ryan Shotton has moved to Derby County on loan with a view towards a permanent switch next season.

After being loaned to Wigan Athletic in the Championship last season, Ryan Shotton apparently did not make enough progress to be part of manager Mark Hughes' plans for the upcoming season. In an effort to secure a starting spot, Shotton has secured a loan move to Derby County, again, in the Championship. Assuming all goes well for player and club, the deal will be made permanent next summer.
Aug 25 - 1:30 PM

Stoke City scored a controversial equalizer in the 83rd minute to get a point on the road at the KC Stadium.

With their new forwards - Bojan and Mame Biram Diouf - still struggling despite being up a man for most of the match a defender came to the rescue for Mark Hughes' men. The beneficiary of a dubious call from the linesman, Stoke put the ball into the box where Ryan Shawcross poked it in for an equalizing goal. Stoke struggled to generate an attack despite Hull City having gone down a man in the 14th minute. With a week left in the transfer window, it appears that Stoke still need a new signing to help spark their attack.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 24 - 10:50 AM

Fellow debutante Bojan made bigger headlines but Diouf has been more productive over the past two seasons but that productivity in Germany didn't translate to the Premier League in Week 1.

Former Manchester United player Mame Biram Diouf's acquisition by Mark Hughes was a bit lost in the glamour of the Bojan acquisition but recent history tells us that Diouf is the more likely to score actual goals. Unfortunately for the Potters, neither man did much on the pitch or in fantasy in Week 1. Diouf won two tackles and traded fouls for the only statistical evidence that he actually played on Saturday. It was good for a mere two points in both Yahoo and PL.com fantasy formats. Given the pre-season predictions for Aston Villa, there'sot a lot to be optimistic about with Stoke's new strikeforce after a week.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 21 - 1:49 PM

Bojan Krkic's much-anticipated Stoke City debut was a bit of a dud both on the field (they lost) and for fantasy managers.

The one-time "next big thing" from the Barcelona youth system has fallen a long way at the tender age of 23 when his debut for Stoke City happened to mediocre-at-best reviews. The man they call Bojan scored a mere two points in both the Yahoo and PL.com fantasy formats. Not exactly scintillating stuff when the opponent was Aston Villa and the venue was the Britannia Stadium. He intercepted two passes and both committed and won a foul and that was about it for a full 90 minutes of work. Not an auspicious debut.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 21 - 1:44 PM

In a statement that helps almost no one, Mark Hughes has indicated that he is likely to give shiny new recruit Bojan Krkic a debut tomorrow against Aston Villa.

This is the sort of statement that fantasy managers hate to see. A "debut" could mean anything from being in the starting eleven to a five minute cameo appearance as the match is winding down. With Bojan, Mame Biram Diouf, Peter Crouch and Peter Odemwingie all competing for minutes, Hughes could legitimately choose any combination of two and seem justified. With a home match against a likely-to-struggle Aston Villa side, managers should be interested in who Hughes chooses but taking a chance on which it will be without a more definitive statement seems like a significant risk.
Source: bbc.com
Aug 15 - 10:27 AM

Mark Hughes continues to remake the Stoke City squad with the signing of former Barcelona rising star Bojan Krkic.

Krkic has seen his career stall in recent years after breaking Lionel Messi's record as the youngest Barcelona player ever to feature in a La Liga match. Tipped for great things, he has never lived up to the hype despite loan opportunities at Roma, AC Milan and Ajax in recent seasons. This is a high risk/high reward move for Stoke City on a player who is still only 23 years old and could easily still come good on his early promise with an extended run of matches under a less intense spotlight than his recent stops. He's definitely a new arrival to monitor over the first month of the season.
Jul 23 - 11:14 AM

Honduras needed a miracle to escape their group and it did not happen as they were beaten three times by Xherdan Shaqiri to sum up their 0-3 loss.

Even a blowout win by Honduras would not have made a difference as Ecuador would have secured the 2nd seed in the group after their draw with France. It was a frustrating day nonetheless, as they had some legitimate chances but could not finish, including a ball that looked destined to go in but was cleared off the line at the last moment. Wilson Palacios tried to draw a penalty at one point, on a foul that looked no less egregious than the one Greece received to save their tournament, but this referee wasn't convinced.
Jun 25 - 6:13 PM

Honduras XI: Valladares, Figueroa, Bernardez, J Garcia, W Palacios, Bengtson, Costly, B Garcia, Espinoza, Claros, Beckeles

Honduras are technically still alive in this tournament but it would take a flurry of goals and an Ecuador loss to catch Ecuador on goal difference. Considering how porous the Swiss defense were in their last match it isn't entirely dismissible, but it would be the most shocking development this World Cup has seen yet were it to happen. Stoke's Wilson Palacios slots back in to midfield after serving a one game suspension. Maynor Figueroa and Roger Espinoza are both starting as expected.
Jun 25 - 3:05 PM

Nigeria Starting XI vs Argentina: Enyeama; Omeruo, Yobo, Ambrose, Oshaniwa; Mikel, Onazi; Babatunde, Musa, Odemwingie; Emenike.

Nigeria need a draw from this match to go on to the next round but they face a tough task in Argentina. They can also qualify if Iran fail to win.
Source: Squawka
Jun 25 - 11:22 AM

Mark Hughes, the man who brought Steve Sidwell to Fulham, has signed him on a free transfer to bolster Stoke's central midfield.

Sidwell had his best scoring season in the Premier League in 2013-14 with seven goals but despite his efforts, Fulham were relegated. Moving to Stoke makes sense for the veteran midfielder as he will be going to a place that values the combination of physical and skilled play that he offers in addition to a manager who he knows. Whether he is a first choice starter remains to be seen as Stoke continue to transform from Tony Pulis' physicality-first philosophy to Mark Hughes blend of physicality and technical ability.
Jun 24 - 10:58 AM

Peter Odemwingie scored the only goal in Nigeria's 1-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Nigeria were the better team for the majority of the match and deservedly took the three points. Odemwingie scored their only goal after a slightly controversial no-call from the referee on a foul that occurred earlier in Nigeria's possession. There was also controversy when Edin Dzeko's goal was waived off incorrectly for offside. Despite the two questionable calls, Nigeria was clearly the better team. Bosnia pushed late in an attempt to equalize but Dzeko's effort was saved by Vincent Enyeama before hitting the sidebar. Bosnia are eliminated while Nigeria have a solid lead on the number two spot in group F.
Source: FIFA
Jun 21 - 7:58 PM

Honduras XI: Valladares (c), Figueroa, Bernardez, Izaguirre, Bengtson, Costly, Garcia, Espinoza, Garrido, Claros, Beckeles

Wilson Palacios is suspended from this crucial match for the Hondurans as they have to view Ecuador as the best side to try and gain points from. Maynor Figueroa once again is in at fullback.
Jun 20 - 5:14 PM

Nigeria struggled to threaten much and settled for a point in a 0-0 draw with Iran.

Peter Odemwingie started on the bench and when he came into the game with about 20 minutes to go, it was the first sign of life from the Nigerian attack. The showing was consistent with their previous match against the United States just before the tournament began. The result opens the door for Bosnia and Herzegovina to grab 2nd position in the group. Joseph Yobo of Norwich City replaced an injured Godfrey Oboabona and may be pegged to start in their next match.
Jun 16 - 5:00 PM

Bosnia XI to face Argentina: Begovic, Bicakcic, Spahic, Kolasinac, Besic, Pjanic, Misimovic, Dzeko, Mujdza, Lulic, Hajrovic.

The two big names here are goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and striker Edin Dzeko. Dzeko is expected to lead Bosnia through this World Cup in the country's first time at the tournament.
Source: ESPN
Jun 15 - 5:12 PM

Honduras were consistently under attack by France all day long but did not concede until a penalty was awarded as a second yellow card for Wilson Palacios left them with 10 men and France would cruise to an eventual 3-0 win.

It took until the final minute in the first half for France to finally break through but once Palacios was sent off, they began converting their chances and easily disposed of the Hondurans. So far Group E is the only one going as expected.
Jun 15 - 4:57 PM


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