December 19th, 2014
With the January transfer window on the horizon, top European clubs are already being rumored to be preparing offers for different players. Chelsea has lately been linked with Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus while Manchester United is interested in signing a large amount of players as Louis van Gaal is keeping a close eye on potential signings that could reinforce the squad in January.
However, not all the top clubs have enough cash flow to reinforce their respective squads in each transfer window and this is the case of Stoke City as the manager of the Premier League Mark Hughes has revealed to the public that he is not expecting to have a busy transfer activity in winter.
Unfortunately for all the fans and supporters of Stoke City, they will have to wait at least until the summer of 2015 before seeing any new signings being made in the Premier League club as Mark Hughes that there isn’t enough money at his disposal to sign players.
“There’s probably not any money available. We’ve not spent a lot of money, but the squad is strong.If things present themselves we will look at them closely, but we are probably looking to the summer before we reinvest in the squad rather than January, I would suggest.” Stoke City’s Mark Hughes told reporters.
Hughes did launch encouraging and hopeful words towards the supporters of Stoke City as the Welsh coach said that the club will be re-investing their money in the squad and he also praised some of Stoke City’s latest acquisitions including BojanKrkic and Marko Arnautovic.
“We’ve done really well. We’ve brought in players who have slipped off the radar such as Marko and Bojan.We’ve also done well in the loan market by bringing in Victor Moses and OussamaAssaidi. We’re doing OK, but at some point in the future we will have to re-invest in the squad as players will go out of contract and we will have to replace good players with hopefully better players.” Mark Hughes added on.
September 3rd, 2014
Stoke City’s start of this new Premier League campaign has not been the way that Mark Hughes wanted it to be after sustaining a 0-1 defeat against Aston Villa and some days later had to settle with a 1-1 draw with Hull City.
The boss of Stoke City, Mark Hughes has said that the club has not played in full force because all the new arrivals of the squad still need time to blend in and get accustomed to their new surroundings and teammates. Cameron Jerome, Victor Moses, Bojan Krkic, Mame Biram Diouf, Steve Sidwell and Phil Bardsley are all the players that will be performing for Stoke City in this season of the Premier League.
Following the end of Stoke City’s defeat against Aston Villa, Mark Hughes told reporters: “That was difficult for us but it’s a learning process. We have a number of players that haven’t been with us for long and we need to work with them. It was a day that we expected to do better but credit to Aston Villa; they got the goal, got their noses in front and were able to see the game out.”
“When you concede the first goal in the Premier League, that’s a huge disadvantage and that really played into their hands. It was more difficult for us because they were able to sit back and we had to be cleverer in our play, show more guile in and around their final third and we weren’t able to’’
Mark Hughes is especially optimistic about the former Barcelona player Bojan Krkic who was labeled to the one of the most promising young players to have recently emerged from the youth academy of Barcelona but he has failed to live up to the expectations but Hughes believes that Bojan Krkic will finally step up.
July 14th, 2014
So far in this summer transfer window Stoke City has officially confirmed signing 3 players: Phil Bardsley, Steve Sidwell and Mame Biram Diouf. The head coach of the club, Mark Hughes still has more players that he would like to sign before the next season initiates but the chairman Peter Coates revealed that in order for more players to arrive to the club Mark Hughes must first offload some players from the squad.
Peter Coates said: “There is certainly no financial pressure to sell. It’s a question of the numbers and the balance of the squad. There comes a point when a squad can become difficult to manage because of the numbers, so size is very important. But ultimately, of course, it is always down to the manager who comes and who goes.”
Taking into consideration that Mark Hughes will have to trim the squad before signing more players into the team, the future of big name players such as Charlie Adam remains unclear.
Charlie Adam has recently been linked with a move to the Turkish side Galatasaray as the Scottish midfielder has attributes which attracted the attention of the Turkish club. Adam is known for his tough tackling in the middle of the pitch as well as having great passing range although if Charlie Adam is indeed one of the players that Mark Hughes wants to release from Stoke City, Galatasaray is not his only possible destination as Swansea City and Newcastle United are some of the clubs in the Premier League which are willing to sign him.
Mark Hughes already reinforced the midfield section of his squad after signing Steve Sidwell from Fulham which means that he can allow Charlie Adam on leaving the club and it won’t affect the team as much as other players would, but it will ultimately depend on the decision of the manager as he has to decide on which player can be released without damaging or alternating his plans in the near future.