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. This time I look at the heart of the defence:
First Choice: Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi
Reserves: Geoff Cameron and Marc Muniesa both have centre half on their passports but I suspect they both entered the country under false pretences
Any Others in or around the first team squad?
Dionatan Teixeira is in the first team squad whilst Harry Souttar has been rumoured to be sniffing around the first team squad.
What about ones for the future?
Along with Harry Souttar there is also Ryan Sweeney and Kosavar Sadiki.
Do we need to bring anyone in?
Once the captain got injured, and Clumsy also unavailable due to injury, Mystic Mark looked into his crystal ball and came up with a system playing three at the back. This has demonstrated that both that Stoke are short of cover at the back and that Muniesa is not a central defender. Even if Hughes trusts Teizeira and / or Souttar to join the bench there is still a need for a third choice defender to provide cover for Bruno and the Captain and to allow the younger players to pick up experience on loan.
Do we need to let anyone go?
The lack of a defender on the subs bench for the last two matches has highlighted how light Stoke are in this position. The priority has to be hanging onto everyone, at least until a suitable third choice defender is captured. Only then would it make sense to either let Muniesa go or loan out Teixeira and Souttar
Have we been linked with anyone?
Any other business?
The elephant in the room, signing Bruno permanently has to be the Stoke board’s first order of business.