Injuries again risk derailing Stoke's flying start - Interview
Thursday, 2nd Dec 2021 16:03 by Clive Whittingham
Serious injuries to a host of key players blew Stoke's 2020/21 up around this time last year, and as Harvey Todd from Six Towns Sport tells us it's at risk of happening all over again with Nick Powell and Harry Souttar among the crocks this time.
How's the season gone so far?
Started incredibly, we were playing some great football. Recently the squad has been really stretched through suspensions and injuries which has seen Josh Tymon (our primary left wing back) playing in midfield.
Stoke league results thus far…
How's Michael O'Neill done?
How was the summer business? What needs doing in January? Any early rumours?
Some signings have done better than others, but the best one was Mario Vrancic on a free - signing of the season. I tend to ignore January rumours around this time of year, but John Souttar from Hearts (older brother of Harry) is the only one that’ve seen floating around.
Ins >>> Sam Surridge, 23, ST, Bournemouth, £2.6m >>> Ben Wilmot, 21, CB, Watford, £1.9m >>> Mario Vrancic, 32, CM, Norwich, Free >>> Jack Bonham, 27, GK, Gillingham, Free >>> Abdallah Sima, 20, RW, Brighton, Loan Leo Ostigard, 21, CB, Brighton, Loan >>> Romaine Sawyers, 29, CM, West Brom, Loan
Outs >>> Nathan Collins, 20, CB, Burnley, £12.6m >>> Bruno Martins Indi, 29, CB, AZ Alkmaar, Undisclosed >>> Liam Lindsay, 25, CB, Preston, Undisclosed >>> Lasse Sorensen, 21, CM, Lincoln, Undisclosed >>> Badou Ndiaye, 29, CM, Aris Saloniki, Undisclosed >>> Kevin Wimmer, 28, CB, Rapid Vienna, Free >>> Jordan Cousins, 27, CM, Wigan, Free >>> Ryan Woods, 27, CM, Birmingham, Free >>> Moritz Bauer, 29, RB, UFA (Russia), Free >>> John Obi Mikel, 34, CM, Kuwait SC, Free >>> Sam Vokes, 31, CF, Wycombe, Free >>> Benik Afobe, 28, CF, Millwall, Loan >>> Peter Etebo, 25, CM, Watford, Loan >>> Blondy Nna Noukeu, 19, GK, Crawley, Loan
Best players and weak links in the team?
Revised expectations for the season?
I think playoffs is still achievable, every team has a bumpy patch and we’re going through ours. Once Tyrese Campbell hits form, Powell returns and a handful of additions in January I think it all looks up.
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