Player News - Stoke City

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Geoff Cameron and the US defense weathered a proverbial storm of Mexican possession as they secured a rare point in World Cup qualifying away against Mexico at the Azteca Stadium.

Whether it was by design or due to a gap in talent, the US conceded a stunning 74% possession to their hosts in Mexico City on Sunday night. An early mistake by the home side in midfield led to a Michael Bradley chip from 30+ yards out. Former Arsenal midfielder Carlos Vela evened the score in the 23rd minute and from there it was on the US defense to fight off wave after wave of Mexican possession. Both sides hit the post from distance and 18-year-old star Christian Pulisic shot wide on a strong drive late as the two rivals split the points. The draw left Mexico top of the CONCACAF qualifying group and the US in third although Costa Rica and Panama now have matches in hand pending their battles with Trinidad and Tobago and Honduras respectively on Wednesday.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 12 - 1:46 PM

Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town have offered veteran midfielder Dean Whitehead new contract at the John Smith's Stadium.

The 35-year-old midfielder did not feature for Huddersfield Town in the Championship play-offs, but the club have announced he will be handed a new contract as they look to retain his experience ahead of their first-ever Premier League campaign. "Of the current First Team group, midfielder Dean Whitehead and goalkeeper Luke Coddington will be offered new contracts by the Club," Huddersfield confirmed on their official website. Whitehead, a former Sunderland, Stoke and Middlesbrough player, made 20 appearances for David Wagner's side this season, while Coddington, 21, spent part of the term on loan at National League side Wrexham.
Jun 2 - 5:10 PM

Darren Fletcher, out of contract at West Bromwich Albion, has agreed to join Stoke City and signed a two-year deal to play at the Britannia.

In isolation this may be a solid move for a veteran presence who still has something left to give. In the broader context of an aging Potters squad with players like Peter Crouch, Jon Walters, Glen Johnson, and Charlie Adam in it this move doesn't exactly scream "refresh" so much as "more of the same". The problem is that the current approach hit a pretty significant bump in the road this past season after a few years of progress under Mark Hughes. There will obviously be more moves to come so the jury is still out but it is probably not the first move supporters would have wanted to see.

Geoff Cameron secured his future at Stoke City by signing a new two-year contract extension today.

Despite making just 19 appearances this season due to a series of injuries and setbacks, Cameron has added two years to a contract that was set to expire next summer, keeping him in the Potteries until 2020. In four years since arriving from Houston Dynamo, Cameron has made more than 160 appearances for the Potters, becoming a first-team favorite under manager Mark Hughes.
May 26 - 6:44 AM

Peter Crouch scored the only goal as Stoke City closed out the 2016-17 season with a win on the South Coast against Southampton.

Crouch enjoyed a surprisingly strong season for a 36-year-old reserve forward on an attacking-challenged side. The winner on Sunday was his 7th goal during a season that saw him start only 13 matches. He did feature as a substitute on 14 additional occasions but I suspect if you would have asked Crouch or Mark Hughes before the season if they'd take 7 goals from that amount of minutes they'd have given an enthusiastic yes. Expect Crouch to get a chance at either Stoke City or elsewhere if he wants to continue next season, he has proven that he still has something to give in the right role.
Source: espnfc.com
May 21 - 12:21 PM

Marko Arnautovic could miss the final Premier League game of the season after leaving the Bet365 Stadium with his arm in a sling on Saturday.

There are fears that the Austria international may have fractured his right arm following a robust challenge from Arsenal centre-back Rob Holding which forced the winger off with Stoke 4-1 down. If tests confirm a break, then it is possible that Arnautovic could play in a protective cast, otherwise Mark Hughes will consider his options with Ramadan Sobhi favourite to come into the side which travels to Southampton. Arnautovic will receive little sympathy from Arsenal supporters who feel his injury is karma following an incident dating back to January 2015. The 28-year-old pushed Mathieu Debuchy mid-air during a Premier League match at the Emirates which left the Frenchman with a dislocated shoulder.
Source: The Sun
May 16 - 6:02 AM

Peter Crouch scored Stoke City's lone goal and even it was dubious as replays showed that Crouch handed rather than headed the ball into the net.

In the end it didn't make a great deal of difference as Arsenal cruised to a 4-1 victory. In a match that held few other highlights for the Potters, Crouch's ninth career goal against Arsenal was perhaps the only positive for Mark Hughes' side. The goal cut the lead to a single goal and gave the Potters life for about ten minutes until Alexis Sanchez restored Arsenal's two goal lead.
Source: espnfc.com
May 13 - 2:37 PM

Saido Berahino was out last weekend with an illness from which he has recovered in time to face Arsenal in Saturday's late match-up.

After being relegated to the fringes at the squad at West Brom for the better part of two seasons, Saido Berahino is taking his time reclaiming the sharpness that made him a sought-after commodity on the transfer market. Perhaps three months isn't enough to knock off two or more years of rust or maybe Stoke City don't produce enough chances. Maybe Berahino has been irreparably harmed by his time in the doghouse under Tony Pulis. Deciding which it is will be a crucial task for Mark Hughes as he plots his summer strategy.
Source: espnfc.com
May 12 - 11:39 AM

Stoke's visit to Bournemouth ended in a 2-2 stalemate on Saturday.

Stoke had the best chances of a the first half, but Cook got in the way of a Shaqiri shot and Boruc parried Muniesa's shot. Bournemouth were lucky to have 11 men on the pitch when half-time came, as Harry Arter could have seen red for a to footed lunge on Joe Allen. However, they weren't so lucky on the scoreline, as Lys Mousset celebrated his first start of the season with an OG, scoring Stoke's first away goal in 629 PL minutes. Arnautovic missed a good chance early in the second half before a Josh King dummy created space for Junior Stanislas to draw things level. Stoke reimposed their lead soon after, with Diouf ending a long goal drought of almost a year. Josh King's 81st minute shot deflected off Shawcross into his own net to pull the Cherries back level. Results elsewhere meant that the 2-2 draw is enough to confirm both sides' PL status for at least another season.
Source: BBC Sport
May 6 - 12:03 PM

Stoke City failed to score for the fourth time in seven PL games, drawing 0-0 with West Ham at the Bet365 stadium.

There were a number of chances in the first half which were negated by opposition defences. Early on, Berahino threatened to end his 24 game barren run in the league but Winston Reid put in a great block to stop the striker. Later in the half, Jack Butland performed a spectacular save to keep out Andre Ayew's equally spectacular bicycle kick. Butland was again called to action in the second half, making a double save from Ayew and Lanzini. In spite of a combined 30 shots, both teams only mustered up four shots on target in all. The share of the spoils edges both sides closer to securing their Premier League status for next season.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 29 - 12:15 PM

Jack Butland returned last weekend against Swansea and looks to be the starter for the remainder of the season as he returns from his long-term ankle injury.

It wasn't the greatest of returns as the Potters dropped the decision to struggling Swansea City but, in the long run, Mark Hughes will be happy to have his first choice goalkeeper back to full health. With safety assured this season, it is nice for Hughes to have the luxury of giving Butland a run of matches heading into the summer. Butland will be the starter heading in to next season with Lee Grant an excellent option off the bench.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 28 - 10:33 AM

Jon Walters has not trained since missing out against Swansea last weekend and is a doubt to participate against West Ham at the Britannia on Saturday.

Mark Hughes will likely try to continue to get Saido Berahino back to the form that saw him rise to stardom at West Brom. He also doesn't have a great deal of choice with Jon Walters, the only other reliable "small" forward option, looking like he won't make it back from a knee complaint in time for Saturday's match against West Ham. If Walters does make the squad the fact that he hasn't trained this week probably means that he won't do more than make a reserve appearance.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 28 - 10:30 AM

The gap between Stoke City and relegation-zoned Swansea City shrunk this afternoon, as a missed penalty by Marko Arnautovic was the defining moment in a 2-0 loss.

The biggest news of the day for Stoke was the return of Jack Butland, but it was clear the keeper was not completely comfortable, spilling the ball a couple of times, but he did make a class save in the second half, looking the Butland of old. The Potters gave up an early goal though and offered little in terms of attack, with Saido Berahino wasting a golden chance just before halftime. Still, Stoke had a chance to get a result, as a foul on Xherdan Shaqiri in the box set up a penalty kick for Arnautovic. The Austrian international blasted it into Southern Wales sky and,less than a minute later, the Swans doubled their lead, which put the game away. Stoke are still firmly in midtable but may be running out of reasons to play with motivation.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 22 - 11:58 AM

Jack Butland was an unused substitute last weekend and will return to the line-up sooner or later. Mark Hughes was non-committal on the topic ahead of the match at the Liberty Stadium.

While Jack Butland is the future of the goalkeeper position at Stoke City, Lee Grant has done well deputizing over most of this season. The decision facing Mark Hughes is when to reintroduce Butland. Given that Butland was on the bench Hughes clearly feels like he COULD play if Grant had been injured. That means that he is weighing the relative merits of an in-form veteran in Grant vs a more talented Butland who will need to get rid of some rust whenever he returns. Fantasy managers should be aware that the decision from Hughes could come at any time.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 21 - 4:52 PM

Glenn Whelan has recovered from the illness that kept him out of the line-up against Hull City last weekend and should be available as the Potters travel to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday to face Swansea.

Whelan will almost surely start for Mark Hughes' side on Saturday. They may have won without his steady presence last weekend but Hughes seems to prefer to have Whelan in the line-up over Imbula or Cameron who have both spent time in the holding midfield this season. Whelan isn't much of a threat to produce a great deal in any statistical category even against Swansea but you can expect that he will give a stead, unspectacular performance.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 21 - 4:49 PM


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