With the international break now over most football journalists will, if they haven’t already, try to justify their paycheques by speculating on who will be going where during the upcoming transfer window. In keeping with this tradition I will be giving you my run down on the players who are being linked with a move to the Bet365. This time another young player, this time from Sweden:
Current Club: IFK Norrkoping
Position: Right Back
Possible Price – 2 Million Pounds (with add-ons)
Anybody else interested: Anderlecht, Leeds United
Giraffe or Lemon: A young giraffe.
Where Would He Fit In:
Depending on whether Barcelona’s supposed interest in Glenn Johnson materialises could find himself fighting with Phil Bardsley for either a place in the starting XI or on the bench.
Do We Need Him:
Even if Glenn Johnson remains Stoke’s right backs are both nearer to the end of the careers than the start, and Clumsy should not be considered an option for this position. Wahlqvist also has the added benefit of being able to fill in at left back. If Johnson does leave I expect Hughes to keep faith with Bardsley in the short term as Wahlqvist acclimatises to the club
Who’s place would be under threat:
Sadly, Phil Bardsley who has been magnificent whilst deputising for Johnson.
Verdict: Stoke currently have two good right backs but both are getting on in years and in addition we lack quality cover at left back. Wahlqvist would be a youthful addition to Stoke’s full back contingent who would also provide immediate competition for the current incumbents.