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 attacking midfielders and the wide men:
First Choice: Arnie, Shaqiri and Joe Allen
Reserves: Ramadan Sobhi, Bojan, Mame Diouf
Any Others in or around the first team squad?
There is a rumour that Stephen Ireland is still at the club and as I have mentioned him in relation to every position apart from goalkeeper I wonder if Muniesa could play here?
What about ones for the future?
Oliver Shenton, Thibauld Verlinden and Mohamed Choulay are all exciting talents in the youth ranks.
Do we need to bring anyone in?
Unless one of the big two are sold this is an area where Stoke are well stocked with both first team players and exciting players pushing for first team selections and is an area I wouldn’t expect Hughes and his team to be too concerned about.
Do we need to let anyone go?
Bojan is probably the most at risk, especially as Imbula and Adam can both be pushed further forward. I would also expect a few loan deals for some of the players in the under-23s to be arranged.
Have we been linked with anyone?
Any other business?
To hold onto Arnie and Shaqiri whilst also giving Ramadan more game time once he has returned from the African Nations Cup.