Player News - Stoke City

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Huddersfield Town winger Tom Ince has joined Championship side Stoke City on a permanent basis.

Huddersfield will receive an initial £10m for Ince, with another potential £2m in add-ons, a new record fee for an outgoing player. Ince joined the Terriers in 2017 from Derby County following an impressive stint with the Rams, for whom he scored 37 goals in 105 Championship appearances. The 26-year-old was ever-present as Huddersfield avoided relegation in their debut campaign in the Premier League but struggled to replicate his goal-scoring form, getting on the scoresheet just twice in 33 league appearances. The Potters fifth signing of the summer, Ince will be reunited with Stoke boss Gary Rowett, who he played for at Derby, at the bet365 Stadium. Said Rowett: "I've had the fortune to work with Tom before and he's a terrifically talented player. His record in the Championship speaks for itself, and we're really fortunate to have got him in the building."
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 24 - 2:06 PM

Stoke City managed to end their run in the top flight in positive fashion, nabbing three points on the road as they defeated Swansea City, 1-2.

There was little intrigue in this match that included two of the three sides destined for relegation, but Stoke not only managed to secure a rare win, they did so in comeback fashion. After conceding the opener to the Swans inside the opening quarter hour, the Potters were able to equalize on 31 minutes, when Xherdan Shaqiri delivered one of his patented balls to Babou N'Diaye, who clipped it over the keeper. Then, not long before halftime, Stoke were given a free kick which Lasse Sorensen sent into the area and the veteran crouch headed home at the near post for his fifth goal of the campaign. N'Diaye had a chance to add to the lead in the second half when he put the ball into the net with ten minutes to play but the goal was waived offside.
Source: NBC Sports
May 13 - 12:03 PM

Stoke City will be heading down and one of the concerning things about their plans for Week 38 is that they don't have any kids to play in advance of a season in the Championship.

One of the many criticisms of Stoke City's approach to squad building in recent years is their inability to develop players at the youth level. They have picked off the occasional younger player from a bigger club who wasn't going to make it to the first team at Manchester United like Ryan Shawcross. They have also identified the occasional up-and-comer from the Championship like Jack Butland but their own academy has produced very little. As they face a season (or more) in the Championship and the likely defection of veterans like Xherdan Shaqiri, Peter Crouch, Butland, Bruno Martins Indi, and the like on higher wages, the lack of promising young players to fill the gaps inexpensively will become a higher profile issue.
Source: BBC Sport
May 11 - 1:30 PM

It was a warm day in front of the home crowd but a bitter end as Stoke City are officially relegated after losing to Crystal Palace, 1-2.

Even with a win today, chances of survival were slim for the Potters, but you would not know it given the positive atmosphere at the opening whistle. Stoke came out strong, laying their bodies out for challenges and fending off the advances of Palace. Hope grew just before halftime, when Xherdan Shaqiri drew a foul in an area perfect for his left foot and he scored from the free kick, with a deflection off the Palace wall helping the cause. Twenty minutes into the second frame, Stoke were hanging on to the lead and eventually the Eagles would equalize after on a swift counter. Needing three points, Stoke had to put themselves at risk to find a winner and instead it exposed them, allowing Palace to score off a mistake by Ryan Shawcross, the face of the franchise during their stay in the PL.
Source: NBC Sports
May 5 - 10:09 AM

Glen Johnson missed Week 36 for the Potters and, while not categorically ruled out, is doubtful to return against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The former Liverpool right back continues to struggle with injuries. He played briefly in Week 35 but had to come off and then missed Week 36. The only reason that you might see Paul Lambert push Johnson's return is that the Potters are in a dire spot with regards to relegation from the Premier League. The Potters are three points from safety and the five teams immediately in front of them all have a match in hand. If Lambert thinks Johnson might be able to help close the gap then a potential re-injury with only one additional week in the season remaining will be risked.
Source: espn.com
May 4 - 3:35 PM

Stoke City will be without Bruno Martins Indi for their Week 37 match-up with Crystal Palace at the Bet365 Stadium.

You probably weren't considering too many Potters players for Week 37 given that they only have one match and, frankly, aren't very good. Crystal Palace are pretty well safe but aren't mathematically so which should see them keeping their collective foot on the gas pedal on Saturday. Martins Indi was to be avoided before news of his groin injury and any potential deputies should be similarly treated.
Source: espn.com
May 4 - 3:30 PM

Tom Ince will need to pass a late fitness test ahead of Huddersfield Town's trip to Manchester City this weekend.

Ince had hoped to be in contention for Sunday's match at the Etihad after missing the 2-0 defeat by Everton because of a hamstring injury. While Ince's injury isn't believed to be serve, manager David Wagner said he doesn't know if the winger will be ready to return this weekend: "We are uncertain about Tom Ince; he will make a test tomorrow but should be OK for the Chelsea game." Collin Quaner is expected to retain his place on the right wing until Ince is fit to start.
May 4 - 8:18 AM

Tom Ince is "hoping" to be back in contention for Huddersfield Town's trip to Manchester City on Sunday.

The 26-year-old winger came off the bench and scored a injury-time winner against Watford in his last appearance, but picked up a hamstring injury which kept him out of Huddersfield's match against Everton. However, Ince said he is aiming to return to David Wagner's side for the match against Manchester City at the Etihad this weekend. When asked if he would be fit to face the Citizens, Ince said: "I hope so. Over the last few days I've been working hard with the medical staff and the fitness staff to make sure that come the next games I'm ready and I can give 100 per cent because there's still long way to go." Ince has been in and out of the starting XI in recent weeks, but his availability would be a welcomed boost with Town just three points above the relegation zone with three difficult fixtures remaining. If Ince is fit to start, he could come in for Collin Quaner on the right wing.
May 1 - 3:20 PM

Stoke City had to have a positive result and they were able to by catching Liverpool's attack on an off day, as the two sides played to a 0-0 final.

It was not pretty and it may prove to not be enough, but credit to Stoke for catching Mo Salah having a quiet day. The Potters had their best chance just before 20 minutes, when Moritz Bauer sent a cross that found Mame Biram Diouf but the striker missed an open chance. Not long into the second half, Bruno Martins Indi had to depart with what looked to be a groin injury. They brought in Ramadan Sobhi in to add a bit more attacking threat but Stoke were not able to find another shot at a match winner until the 88th minute when a free kick found Diouf who crossed back to Ryan Shawcross but the defender could not get on the end of it. Stoke likely need to win their final two games to have a chance at survival with help from some other clubs.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 28 - 9:37 AM

Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner confirmed that Tom Ince will miss Saturday's match against Everton at the John Smith's Stadium.

Ince, who scored the late match-winner against Watford, has picked up a hamstring problem and won't be available for selection this weekend. The 26-year-old came off the bench in the 1-0 win over Watford meaning that Collin Quaner is in line for another start on the right wing. On the Ince injury, Wagner explained: "We’re missing the three long-term injuries (Michael Hefele, Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams) plus Tom Ince, he has some hamstring problems. With him we speak more about days than weeks."
Apr 27 - 4:06 PM

Glen Johnson's return to the Stoke City line-up was short-lived as he again finds himself unavailable after re-injuring himself against Burnley on his return to the line-up.

The right back position has been a problem for the Potters for nearly the entire season. Glen Johnson has been injured for much of the campaign. The early-season deputies - Geoff Cameron, Kurt Zouma, Mame Biram Diouf, et al - were all playing out of position. Kostas Stafylidis was a brief glimmer of hope when he arrived in January but now he is hurt as well with broken ribs. With Johnson going out again look for another makeshift solution to face the daunting proposition of Liverpool and Sadio Mane on the left side of the Reds' attack.
Source: espn.com
Apr 27 - 2:20 PM

Stoke City needed a win to help keep their top flight status but they gave a lead away and could only draw at home to Burnley 1-1.

Paul Lambert's side needed to bring the intensity today and, to their credit, that is precisely what Stoke did in the first half. Pesky defending was forcing Burnley into miscues, effectively beating the Clarets at their own game. They got an early goal from Badou N"Diaye, his first for the club, collecting a pass from Mame Diouf and slotting home in the 11th minute. The energy was noticeably lacking in the second half though and eventually Burnley would equalize. Stoke still had a few chances at a winner, with one attempt off the post and a Stephen Ireland strike from range missing the top corner by inches. Math is keeping Stoke alive as they head into next weekend, but not much more.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 22 - 10:32 AM

Kostas Stafylidis has been a solid option at left back for Stoke City since his arrival in January but Erik Pieters will certainly start in Week 35 with the Greek defender out with broken ribs.

It is a shame that Stoke City came so late to the party of finding solid outside backs for their squad. In August, it could have contributed to a middle of the table season at the Bet365 Stadium. In January, it seems like a little to little a little too late with Moritz Bauer and Kostas Stafylidis. Too many matches were played with makeshift options across the defense as injuries decimated the presumed starters. Look for Stafylidis and Bauer to get other Premier League jobs next season should the Potters indeed be relegated at the end of this season.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:56 PM

With Moritz Bauer having taken Johnson's starting spot under Paul Lambert, it seems unlikely that Johnson's return to training will have a significant impact on the manager's thinking for this weekend.

Moritz Bauer has been a nice find since coming to the Premier League in January. He hasn't been a revelation but he's been a healthy, capable right back which is something that the Potters have lacked since Glen Johnson's arrival as the presumptive starter. Johnson has struggled to stay healthy and has forced makeshift answers including Geoff Cameron and Mame Biram Diouf neither of whom has played much right back heretofore in their careers. Look for Johnson to play no more than a role on the bench this weekend if he is healthy enough for that as Bauer continues his run of starts.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:52 PM

With the Potters and Paul Lambert fighting for their Premier League survival, Charlie Adam returns from suspension to help aid the fight.

Let's face it, at this point in his career Charlie Adam is more last ditch hope than he is integral part of a winning Premier League starting eleven. That said, with relegation looming as a more and more likely possibility, Paul Lambert will be happy to have Adam and his knack for scoring the odd spectacular goal available off the bench but it seems unlikely that Adam will start with Burnley coming to the Bet365 Stadium in Week 35.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:47 PM


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