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 an example of how being a Premiership club means you are linked with absolutely anyone:
Current Club: SC Braga B Team
Position: Centre Midfield
Possible Price – A quarter of a million Pounds (at best)
Anybody else interested: Leicester City, Middlesbrough, Everton
Giraffe or Lemon: Lemon.
Where Would He Fit In:
Picking up the bibs after training now we are out of the Checkatrade Trophy.
Do We Need Him:
Put simply no. At present we are overladen with midfielders in and around the first team squad and even though the player’s age may be more appealing than, for example, Stephen Ireland, bringing in a player who would not get into the match day squad would hamper the progress of Stoke’s academy players such as Ollie Shenton
Who’s place would be under threat:
The only threat Xeka would provide is blocking the progress of those youngsters in the youth set up who play in his position.
Verdict: If Stoke are really interested I would have to question their long term approach but I doubt this rumour is anything more than the Portuguese press picking up a Premiership table and selecting club’s names at random.