With less than a month left to one of the most exciting days of the year, yes the opening of the transfer window, I thought I would look at Stoke City’s current squad and give my opinions where we need to strengthen. First up, the goalkeepers:
First Choice: Jack Butland
Reserve: Lee Grant
Any Others in or around the first team squad?
Shay Given and Jakob Haugaard
What about ones for the future?
Daniel Gyollai and Daniel Bachmann
Do we need to bring anyone in?
Not really, with Butland returning, hopefully, and Grant being one of the best loan signings Stoke have ever made we are looking comfortable between the sticks and, although he didn’t have the best run of games at the start of the season, Shay Given still remains a safe pair of hands.
Do we need to let anyone go?
Expect either Bachmann or Haugaard to be loaned out but with the new concerns over Butland’s injury recovery I would be surprised if both left.
Any other business?
All of the above is based on Stoke being able to extend the loan, or hopefully buy, Lee Grant. Long term there is always the possibility a fit again Butland will begin to attract the interest of bigger clubs and whilst Bachmann doesn’t yet have the experience, Hauugaard fluffed his audition at the end of last season.