Player News - Stoke City

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New arrival Jese scored the only goal on his debut in Stoke City's 1-0 win over Arsenal Saturday.

Jese was a dynamic presence for 70 minutes on his debut and rewarded Mark Hughes with three points. Despite losing Xherdan Shaqiri to another muscular issue, it was a good day for the Potters as Saido Berahino and Jese combined for the winner.
Source: Espnfc.com
Aug 19 - 2:30 PM

After bringing in former big name prospect Jese from PSG, Mark Hughes will have to decide if he will feature from the bench or get a start in his first week with the team.

Given the lack of production that Stoke City got from their forwards last weekend, it wouldn't be surprising to see Hughes role the dice and start the former Real Madrid trainee against the Gunners. It certainly isn't a great idea to count on Jese to start or be productive given the lack of chances created by the rest of Potters last weekend against the Toffees but if you need a forward in a draft format then he's worth a punt.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 18 - 1:37 PM

Stoke City have acquired former Real Madrid prodigy Jese from PSG on loan for the 2017-18 season but concerns about the Potters' ability to create chances may limit his value.

Outside of a few astounding examples - Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez, Henry, etc. - forwards are typically dependent on their teammates to create the chances that they convert into goals. When trying to compare forwards across leagues and teams, getting a sense of how efficiently they convert chances into shots into shots on target and, ultimately, goals is the best measure. Last season's Stoke City's forwards managed a mere 101 shots with 41 being on target resulting in 13 goals with no individual SCFC forward eclipsing Peter Crouch's 7 goals as a center forward. With Marko Arnautovic gone, the Potters will struggle to replicate the number of chances from last season meaning that even if Jese is more efficient than last season's group, a good bet, he might struggle to hit double digits in goals due to lack of scoring chances.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 16 - 9:08 AM

Joselu is reportedly on Tyneside for a medical ahead of a move from Stoke City to Newcastle to bolster a weak strike force.

You will be forgiven if you'd forgotten that Joselu existed. Mark Hughes certainly seemed to do the same after loaning the Spaniard to Deportivo La Coruna last season. Never particularly prolific in any of his stops, he is probably best thought of as professional depth at forward rather than a new starter. His biggest successes came in the Bundesliga where he achieved career highs in matches played (30) and goals scored (9) with Eintracht Frankford and Hanover 96 respectively. At 27-years-old, he is unlikely to be on the rise as much as he is what he is. Adequate but no one to get excited over.
Aug 14 - 2:41 PM

Reports suggest that Newcastle is on the verge of signing Stoke City striker Joselu in a deal worth around £5 million.

The 27-year-old join Stoke City from Hannover in 2015 and recorded four goals and two assists in his first season in the Premier League. But Joselu spent last season on loan at Deportivo La Coruna after falling down the depth chart. With Bojan back at the club, the writing looks to be on the wall for Joselu with Rafa Benitez looking to add to his attack following the club's 2-0 loss to Tottenham in the opening match of the Premier League season over the weekend.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 14 - 11:03 AM

Stoke City was held goal-less in its Premier League opener with a mundane 1-0 loss to Everton.

It's clear that the Stoke attack will be the first thing that manager Mark Hughes looks to fix after putting only one shot on target and holding under 40 percent possession against Everton's sturdy defense. That shot was a scintillating strike from Xherdan Shaqiri in the match's dying moments that forced new Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford into making a brilliant save with his outstretched arm. For the Potters, Kurt Zouma and Darren Fletcher made their debuts for the club while Eric Choupo-Moting came off the bench.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 12 - 12:24 PM

After promising early returns, Marc Muniesa's Stoke City career has flagged and the Spaniard has returned to La Liga on loan in an attempt to get back on track.

Girona FC have officially announced the arrival of Muniesa on loan for the 2017-18 season. Whether that is a prelude to a permanent move or just an attempt by club and player to get him minutes to rebuild his sharpness after an injury-riddled season in 2016-17 remains to be seen. With Kurt Zouma and Josh Tymon joining the Potters this summer and Bruno Martins Indi's loan moving becoming permanent, the competition at the back at the Britannia will be stiff so Muniesa going elsewhere to rebuild his value makes sense for all.
Source: @GironaFC
Aug 11 - 11:38 AM

Bojan Krkic, who was out on loan last season, is back and could figure early as the Potters continue to sort out their attack.

The loss of Marko Arnautovic combined with the failure of Saido Berahino to replicate his excellent form of three seasons ago at West Brom have Mark Hughes searching for answers heading into the new season. Former Schalke man Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting looks like a likely replacement for Arnautovic but he has just arrived in the past week. Peter Crouch and Mame Biram Diouf are also available to lead the line if Berahino isn't favored. Still, none of those options are particularly inspiring meaning that Bojan could be in position to get another chance at starting.
Aug 11 - 11:01 AM

Bruno Martins Indi's transfer has apparently taken longer to go final than expected meaning that he may not be registered in time to feature for the Potters in Week 1 of the new season.

The former Porto man's permanent move to the Potteries has now been officially confirmed but it looks like the paperwork won't be completed in time for him to participate against Everton in Week 1. Kurt Zouma has earned praise from manager Mark Hughes in the pre-season and he may get the nod to partner Ryan Shawcross until Week 2 when Martins Indi will presumably take the starter role for the balance of the season.
Aug 11 - 10:56 AM

Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, a wide attacker who prefers playing from the left, has joined Stoke City from Schalke on a permanent deal.

With Marko Arnautovic off to West Ham and Ibrahim Affelay frequently injured, Stoke City desperately needed reinforcements in their attacking ranks. Choupo-Moting looks like a like-for-like replacement for Arnautovic. He had solid statistics in the Bundesliga - 4 goals and 3 assists - given that he only started 19 matches. It's hard to be confident that he can replace Arnautovic's production but it isn't unreasonable to compare his profile to his predecessor's when he joined Stoke City.
Aug 10 - 10:32 AM

Stoke City have made the signing of Bruno Martins Indi from Porto permanent after having the Dutch international on loan last season.

It was touch and go for a while as to whether Mark Hughes was going to be able to bring Martins Indi back to the Potteries but that move has been made official today. Crystal Palace, with new Dutch boss Frank De Boer, were credited with some interest earlier in the summer as Stoke City and Porto struggled to complete a deal. Bringing in a center back in his prime will help stabilize Hughes' side at the back and allow them to concentrate on replacing Marko Arnautovic's production over the balance of the transfer window.
Aug 7 - 3:15 PM

Mame Biram Diouf scored another pre-season goal as he continues his quest to take over the essentially vacant title of starting forward for Mark Hughes' side.

Could it be that Mame Biram Diouf will finally rise above being a part-time contributor and be not only a regular starter but a productive one? Pre-season performance isn't necessarily indicative of anything but given the lack of options at Mark Hughes' disposal and Diouf's goalscoring exploits so far this summer, it at least looks like he'll get a shot. It may well be short-lived if Hughes comes up with a starter on the transfer market but if you're looking for a 3rd forward in a deep draft league, you could do worse at this point.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 5 - 11:20 PM

New Stoke City defender Josh Tymon will be assessed after he was forced off through injury against St Pauli on Tuesday evening.

The 18-year-old, who joined the Potters from relegated club Hull City in July, left the stadium in Hamburg on crutches and will undergo further tests to determine the extent of the damage to his foot. Speaking after the 4-2 defeat, Mark Hughes revealed Tymon "couldn't put any weight through it" but despite concerns "we don't think he's broken anything and it could just be bad bruising." The left-back was brought in to provide competition and cover for Erik Pieters but a fracture could rule the youngster out for up-to 12 weeks. Stoke will be looking for their third win of pre-season when they play at the Red Bull Arena Leipzig on Saturday before travelling home to prepare for Everton in game week one.
Aug 2 - 4:38 PM

Xherdan Shaqiri scored the Potters' only goal and was a consistent bright spot for Mark Hughes side as they fell 2-1 to Sheffield United on a 90th minute winner.

Shaqiri's issues with minor injuries and inconsistency are well-documented. No one disputes that, on his day, he is a rare talent of the sort that mid-table clubs rarely attract let alone retain. As the season nears, Shaqiri put on a great performance at Brammell Lane but supporters and fantasy managers should be wary because we've seen brilliant flashes before from the Swiss international only to be disappointed at his inability to sustain excellence. He may be worth picking up late in a draft as a reserve/lottery ticket but he isn't someone you should depend on for production despite his name and outrageous bursts of talent.
Jul 27 - 12:44 PM

Mame Biram Diouf has been off to a hot start with two goals in his past two pre-season friendlies. His latest was the only goal in the Potters' victory over Ligue 1 newcomers Amiens.

The Potters should have been the favorites against a newly promoted Ligue 1 side and they were the dominant side on the afternoon. In addition to Diouf's goal, Bojan and Xherdan Shaqiri both had solid chances to add to the tally for Mark Hughes side. While pre-season isn't always indicative of much, Stoke City have some openings in attack with Jon Walters and Marko Arnautovic both having departed so far this summer. Given Crouch's age and Berahino's lack of goals last season, Diouf could finally be the man at Stoke City.
Jul 22 - 9:50 PM


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