Vital Football

Latest Stoke City News

Stoke: so was it £6.5m well spent?

Stoke: so was it £6.5m well spent?

So the dust has nearly settled and barring a late arrival from Stephen Kelly we now know who we've got for the remainder of the season.

The big arrivals are no doubt James Beattie and Matthew Etherington. Beattie arrived from Sheffield United for £3.5m (which included a performance bonus) and Etherington was signed from the Hammers for £3m. Both have already started to justify their fees with good performances, highlighted in Saturday's win courtesy of Etherington's cross to Beattie who headed home for his second goal for the Potters in only three games.

Henri Camara has joined on loan from the Latics after being a target for Tony Pulis since the summer and will provide some decent options up front. We've struggled for numbers in attack in recent weeks with injuries to Sidibe and Kitson and suspensions for Fuller and Cresswell and were forced to rely on our fifth choice striker, Vincent Pericard, for the FA Cup defeat at Hartlepool. Now that we've also got Beattie and Camara to call upon, that problem shouldn't occur again.

Moving out of the Brit for the last time were some fringe players:
Ritchie De Laet made a dream £1m move to Manchester United despite never having made a first team start for the Potters. Lewis Buxton made his earlier loan move to Sheffield Wednesday permanent in return for a 'nominal fee'. Finally, Demar Phillips has made the move to Norway on a free transfer after failing to get many chances for the Potters.

We've also let several players move to other clubs on loan:
Carl Dickinson has gone to Leeds for a month.
Tom Soares is playing for Championship strugglers, Charlton after finding first team action thin on the ground since joining from Crystal Palace in September.
Youngsters Tom Thorley and Nathaniel Wedderburn have gone out to gain experience at Stafford Rangers and Notts County respectively.

With the loan window reopening next week for Football League clubs, we'd expect some others to be sent out on loan once Tony Pulis has had time to assess who he needs to keep. Ibrahima Sonko is one likely candidate having already been linked to Birmingham City.

Any takers out there for Vincent Pericard?



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Chris Baldwin
Date:Tuesday February 3 2009
Time: 10:15PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Stoke City Articles

190+ TV Games For 2019-20

It's been confirmed today that from the beginning of the 2019-20 campaign, a minimum of 190 Premier League games will be screened live on TV.

The Stoke City Walking Wounded - Injury News - 16/11/2017

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Stoke City FC and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Vital Preview - Premier League - 18th-20th November 2017

The 2017-18 season continues with the latest round of games this weekend, 18th-20th November.

Hughton Receives Praise From Bowen

Stoke City assistant gaffer Mark Bowen has heaped praise on an underrated Chris Hughton ahead of Monday's clash with Brighton.

Archived Vital Stoke Articles

Vital Stoke articles from

Site Journalists

Tom Barker
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Brighton and Hove Albion v Stoke City
Suggested By:
Stoke win0%
Brighton win0%
Draw100%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Stoke City Results (view all)

Stoke City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Football Comment