Player News - Stoke City

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Jese Rodriguez is back in the Stoke City squad ahead of their Week 27 match-up with Brighton at the Bet365 Stadium.

There is almost zero chance that Jese starts this week after his long layoff. He wasn't starting or playing much when he went on leave to help care for his prematurely born son. Reports indicate that his son is progressing well so the hope would be that Jese will return to Stoke City refocused after a trying period that likely contributed to his lackluster form after a spectacular debut against Arsenal.
Source: espn.com
Feb 9 - 4:15 PM

Xherdan Shaqiri scored in the fifth minute and the Potters led for much of the match before conceding two late goals to lose to Bournemouth.

Stoke City faced a tough task heading to in-form Bournemouth. It looked for a long stretch like Xherdan Shaqiri's 5th minute goal would stand up for a massive road win. The Potters conceded goals in the 70th and 79th minutes and generally struggled to pressure the Cherries' net and fell 2-1. Badou Ndiaye made his debut from the start at the base of midfield.
Source: Espn.com
Feb 3 - 12:17 PM

New signing Badou N'Diaye is questionable to debut for Paul Lambert's side after only having trained once ahead of Saturday's match at Bournemouth.

The Potters have had a nice little turnaround under Paul Lambert so far but they travel to the south coast to face off with Bournemouth who boast an even stronger run of form. The Cherries have reeled off six matches without a defeat and will be confident coming into Week 26. Badou N'Diaye profiles as the sort of defensive midfielder Paul Lambert would want to help stem the tide of Bournemouth's suddenly potent attack but the former Galatasaray man has only just arrived and Lambert will have to decide if he is ready to be intergrated into the side. Overall, N'Diaye is the sort of player that won't score well in traditional fantasy formats but might be interesting in formats that reward defensive stats like tackles won and interceptions.
Source: espn.com
Feb 2 - 1:57 PM

With Glen Johnson still out injured and strong early returns, Moritz Bauer looks like a solid acquisition who will continue to start for Paul Lambert.

Bauer is unlikely to feature on the cover of magazines anytime soon but the presence of a solid starter at right back is a significant upgrade for the Potters after Glen Johnson's injury-riddled season. In two matches so far Bauer has been solid both as a defender and getting forward. He will never be confused with Cesar Azpilicueta as a defender or with Kyle Walker as an attacker but for a club looking to regain mid-table status a little contribution in both directions is exactly what the doctor ordered. In fantasy formats that reward peripheral stats, Bauer looks like he could be a solid spot starter when the Potters have favorable match-ups.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 30 - 10:01 AM

Konstantinos Stafylidis, after a week of training, could be ready to feature for Paul Lambert against Watford at the Bet365 Stadium on Wednesday.

With Erik Pieters back from injury and the defense putting up a clean sheet in Week 24, it seems likely that Paul Lambert will go with the same starting group to try to make it two on the trot. Augsburg loanee Stafylidis will probably be a reserve in Week 25 as a result. Pieters is a solid, if unspectacular, Premier League starting left back so the expectation for the second half of the season is that he will be the starter.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 30 - 9:43 AM

New Stoke City manager Paul Lambert won his first match in charge as the Potters topped Huddersfield Town 2-0 at the Bet365 Stadium.

Lambert, who succeeded Mark Hughes on Monday, began his spell at Stoke in fine fashion. Boosted by the return of defensive anchor and captain Ryan Shawcross, the Potters kept their first clean sheet since mid-December. After a goalless first-half, Joe Allen broke the deadlock when he steered home a cross from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in the 53rd minute. The home side took control of the match following Allen's goal and then doubled their advantage with a nifty team goal. Choupo-Moting was again the catalyst, as Xherdan Shaqiri and Mame Biram Diouf then combined on the edge of the area before the latter finished past Town goalkeeper Jonas Lossl. The Potters move out of the relegation zone with the victory.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 20 - 1:27 PM

Newly arrived Kostas Stafylidis will not figure against Huddersfield Town as he spends time improving his fitness against a future debut.

With Erik Pieters returning from injury, it was unlikely that Stafylidis was going to start even if fully fit but the Augsburg loanee isn't fully fit and will, therefore, have to wait to prove himself to his new manager and teammates. The Greece international is a left back and the Potters need depth at the position with Pieters having been in and out of the line-up without an experienced deputy. For now though, Stafylidis should be considered unlikely to make much of an impact.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 12:01 PM

It has been an on-again, off-again (but mostly off-again) season for Glen Johnson but he is back from a knee injury and could feature in Paul Lambert's debut as Stoke City manager.

Johnson last featured in late-October and that was only a 58 minute attempt to return after missing out on the previous three weeks. Overall, he has only managed to start two Premier League matches out of the first 23 and come off the bench in a further one. Given the Potters' lack of a proven alternative at right back, the presence of a Premier League veteran is, at the very least, some insurance against the development of newly arrived Moritz Bauer. Who Paul Lambert ultimately favors remains to be seen but Bauer's initial participation has been more down to lack of alternatives rather than him making the spot his own.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 11:58 AM

Ryan Shawcross leads a list of recently injured Stoke City players who have returned to training ahead of the visit of Huddersfield Town in Week 24.

Shawcross is joined by injury-returnees Glen Johnson, Erik Pieters, and Geoff Cameron as Paul Lambert must figure out who among his defensive options is best suited to stem the tide of goals the Potters have allowed this season. Given the process of returning to full match fitness and uncertainty of how the new manager has evaluated his new charges attempting to divine a starting line-up for Saturday is a challenge if not entirely impossible. What is reasonable is that Huddersfield Town at least represent an opponent who could, plausibly, be had. It is unfortunate that fantasy managers don't have more insight into who might start outside of obvious candidates like Shaqiri, Allen, and Fletcher.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 11:50 AM

Newly arrived right back Moritz Bauer might be thrown immediately into the deep end as Stoke City travel to Old Trafford without another healthy specialist right back.

The step up from the Russian first division to playing Manchester United at Old Trafford is a lot to ask of a player on his possible Premier League debut. That said, with Glen Johnson still out injured and Phil Bardsley, last season's deputy, plying his trade at Turf Moor, interim manager Eddie Niedzwiecki may not have much of a choice. Look for Jose Mourinho's side to try their best to exploit the newcomer down the left side of their attack until he proves he can handle the jump up in competition.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 12 - 2:36 PM

Erik Pieters joins fellow Dutchman Bruno Martins Indi in returning from injury for Stoke City as they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in Week 23 action.

Pieters return is crucial because the Potters really don't have strong deputies at either outside back positions. The newly arrived Moritz Bauer may start to answer that concern on the right flank of the defense but Pieters is really the only specialist left back with significant first team experience at the club. His return will shore up a significant weakness but still may not be enough to hold back even the current muted attack being offered up by Manchester United.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 12 - 2:31 PM

After struggling mightily with defensive injuries, Stoke City are recovering at least somewhat with Bruno Martins Indi and Erik Pieters both available for Week 23 at Old Trafford.

How frustrating it must be to finally start getting defensive starters back only to see Manchester United pop up on the schedule. The Red Devils may not be firing on all cylinders but they are certainly formidable enough opposition to a club struggling as the Potters have been. With Martins Indi shaking off some rust look for the Red Devils to dominate and Stoke City to rebound more significantly in Week 24.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 12 - 2:27 PM

Stoke City officially announced the dismissal of manager Mark Hughes following its loss in the FA Cup.

A 2-1 loss to League Two Coventry City on Saturday proved to be the final straw for the Stoke hierarchy with the club currently sitting third bottom on 20 points with just one win in its last eight Premier League games. Hughes leaves the Potters after four-and-a-half seasons and 200 matches in charge. "We would like to thank Mark for all he has achieved for the club over the last four and a half years, notably in guiding us to three successive ninth places finishes in the Premier League, and we wish him every success for the future," a club statement read. "The club will look to appoint a new manager as soon as possible and will be making no further comment at this time."
Source: The Guardian
Jan 7 - 2:40 AM

Stoke City is getting dangerously close to falling back into the relegation zone after a 1-0 loss to Newcastle.

It was a rainy and cold afternoon in Stoke, but the home-field advantage didn't work in the Potters' favor. The home side could only manage two shots on goal, ultimately succumbing to an Ayoze Perez goal in the 73rd minute. Just after, Mame Diouf looked set to put Stoke City even with his shot from inside the box but Karl Darlow made an impressive one-handed save to preserve the Magpies' lead. And in the 88th, Darlow made another save on Diouf as the forward headed a chance that looked destined for goal if it wasn't for Darlow's brilliance. Now, the pressure is on Mark Hughes after Stoke's fifth loss in the last seven Premier League matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 1 - 12:14 PM

Mark Hughes will hope Erik Pieters is back lest he be forced to start second choice players across the entire defense against reigning champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Blues attack is to be feared under almost all circumstances. Playing at home against an already struggling side that could be without four or five first choice defenders makes the prospect of the Blues that much more terrifying. Erik Pieters could make a return from a hip problem but is no sure thing. That glimmer of hope separates him from Ryan Shawcross, Bruno Martins Indi, Kurt Zouma, and Glen Johnson who are all definitely out.
Source: espnfc.com
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 01:13:00 PM


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