Vital Football

Latest Stoke City News

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:

New Arrivals: Steve Sidwell

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.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



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

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

Login to post a comment

Recent Stoke City Articles

Stoke's all-white third kit to be used at Crystal Palace

Third kit to be used in the capital

Who is Stoke's signing of the season?

Which of the nine signings has been the best for the Potters this season

Arnautovic wins Sunderland Man of the Match poll

Austrian midfielder wins poll with 33% of the vote

Ref Watch: Friend to officiate Crystal Palace v Stoke City

Friend is the man in black for the weekend

Archived Vital Stoke Articles

Vital Stoke articles from

Site Journalists

Lloyd Reddin
Editor email
Profile
Tom Barker
no email
Profile
Matthew Forrester
no email
Profile
Phil Williams
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Best signing of the season
Suggested By:
Afellay64%
van Ginkel2%
Joselu0%
Wollscheid0%
Shaqiri4%
Given0%
Haugaard0%
Imbula14%
Johnson16%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 36 22 11 3 77 30
2 Spurs 36 19 13 4 70 39
3 Arsenal 36 19 10 7 67 25
4 Man City 36 19 7 10 64 30
5 Man Utd 35 17 9 9 60 12
6 West Ham 35 15 14 6 59 17
7 Southampton 36 16 9 11 57 14
8 Liverpool 35 15 10 10 55 11
9 Chelsea 35 12 12 11 48 7
10 Stoke 36 13 9 14 48 -14
11 Everton 35 10 14 11 44 6
12 Watford 35 12 8 15 44 -6
13 Swansea 36 11 10 15 43 -13
14 WBA 36 10 11 15 41 -14
15 AFC Bournemouth 36 11 8 17 41 -20
16 Crystal Palace 36 10 9 17 39 -10
17 Newcastle 36 8 9 19 33 -25
18 Sunderland 35 7 11 17 32 -18
19 Norwich 35 8 7 20 31 -26
R Aston Villa 36 3 7 26 16 -45
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Stoke City Results (view all)

Stoke City Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League