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Which midfielder's could leave Stoke?

Which midfielder's could leave Stoke?

Mark Hughes` has already added four summer signings to his Stoke squad, and he doesn`t seem to stop there, with several rumours of more additions spiralling around.

The Potters gaffer has confessed that he needs to get rid of some of the dead wood in the Stoke squad, with a number of high profile players possibly on the chopping board, but who should Mark Hughes` keep, and who should he ship out.

Vital Stoke will take a look at every position in the current squad and try to digest who will not be wearing the famous red and white stripes of Stoke City next season.

In the third of our installment`s, we take a look at the club`s midfielders.

Hughes is pretty short on the ground of midfielders at the moment after the departures of Michael Kightly and Matthew Etherington, although the duo didn`t really feature last season., so there could still be room for a number of midfielders to move on.

Departure rating:

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Marko Arnautovic- 6/10

The Austrian was arguably Hughes best signing of last season and will only be leaving the club if a bigger side, with a big offer come in for the wide man.

Brek Shea- 8/10

Shea is currently only one of two wingers at the club, but has shown none of the potienal he came from America with whilst in England. He has found his chances limited at Stoke due to injury but he hasn`t tore up trees in the Championship and could be shown the door at the Britannia if Hughes adds any wide men to his squad.

Glenn Whelan- 5/10

If this was this time last year, then Whelan would be one of the favourites to leave the club, but after a remarkable first season under Hughes, where he finally found his preferred position in the middle of the park, he has become an integral member of the squad under the new system.

Steven N`Zonzi- 8/10

The French midfielder has rumoured to have handed in a second transfer request, which has not been well received by the Potters fans. Hughes has hinted at some big name players leaving the club, with N`Zonzi seemingly one of the front runners after his continued cries to leave the Britannia. The former Blackburn player will not be leaving on the cheap though, with a few years left on his contract and his young age.

Jamie Ness- 9/10

Purchased in Pulis` final summer after the liquidation of Rangers, Ness seemed to have been a bargain on a free transfer, but the Scot has failed to break into the Stoke team, and like Shea has not torn up trees in the lower leagues. The Scot is more than likely going to be moving on from the Britannia Stadium, with Scotland his likely destination.

Maurice Edu- 10/10

Another failed Rangers purchase, the American has played 5 minutes in a Stoke shirt before being shipped out on loan to Bursaspor and Philadelphia Union. The American has seemed to cement his exit from Staffordshire after annoying fans with a twitter picture of him purchasing rival team Arsenal`s shirt. He currently has a clause in his loan deal with Phili that his move can be made permanent, which is likely to be triggered by the MLS outfit.

Wilson Palacios- 9/10

The Honduras midfielder arrived in Staffordshire for a big money fee from Tottenham, but he has struggled to hit any form or consistency he shown at Tottenham or Wigan. After a poor World Cup and failure to cement a first team place last season, it`s likely the midfielder will be shipped out to free up value wages.

Charlie Adam- 7/10

The Scottish international was in and out of the team last year and scored some vital goals, and seemed to have got his weight under control at the back end of the season, but with rumours of Galatasary and Everton looking to add the attacking midfielder to their squad, Stoke could struggle to keep hold of the former Liverpool player.

Stephen Ireland- 3/10

The former Manchester City player moved to the Brit on a free transfer last year, which helped to reignite the Irishman`s career. Ireland seems to be enjoying his football again and is very unlikely to up sticks and move again.



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Writer:Lloyd Reddin
Date:Thursday July 17 2014
Time: 9:00AM

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