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Mark Hughes has shut down claims involving Peter Crouch with a move away from Stoke City as the coach never had any intentions on selling the striker despite being rumored and linked with a number of clubs that are interested in signing him including QPR and West Ham United.
“It’s unrealistic. He’s in the team at Stoke and we haven’t made any enquiries for Peter at all. It will be good if we can get another striker and we’re also looking to maybe bring another defender in’’.
“No, it is not an option. There was a point where we thought there was a possibility of doing our business quite early, but that hasn’t panned out, and we have missed out on a number.
“We have probably been misled somewhat on others as well – in terms of the information we are getting and the plans for certain players. You have to shrug your shoulders and move on. It is about making sure at the end of the window; we are stronger than we were at the beginning.” Hughes stated.
Even though Peter Crouch is not the most prolific forward and scorer of goals for Stoke City, he is a player that is on the long term plans of the head coach Mark Hughes who admitted not wanting to sell the former Liverpool player.
Stoke City are located at the bottom last spots of the Premier League fighting to survive in the top tier league of England and according to Hughes, Crouch will help them accomplish their mission. QPR will have to look on some other place for the striker they desire.
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Charlie Adam’s role and importance for his national squad Scotland has been diminished ever since Gordon Strachan took over the reins of the team when he was appointed as the new head coach as the successor of Craig Levein.
The veteran midfielder of Stoke City has made 2 appearances in 8 of the last matches for Scotland. Charlie Adam was the apple of Craig Levin’s eyes but now that a new manager has taken control of the team, the Premier League player is seeing less and less time with Scotland.
Charlie Adam said: “When a new manager comes in you need to show him what you can do but that may mean waiting for your opportunity. It’s easy to run away and not turn up. But when you sit there after you retire you don’t want to say, ‘I wish I’d turned up for those games.’
“For me, when you’re fit and selected you come. The manager then picks the team and if you’re not involved you take it on the chin. You go back to your club and try to play as well as you can and look for another opportunity’’.
“My season has been up and down. I’d not been involved for the last few weeks but I got on at the weekend and it felt nice to be out on the pitch. I now have to bide my time for the next chance.It’s frustrating when you’re not playing but I just need to work even harder to get back in the team.”
Even though Charlie Adam is a valuable player for Stoke City as he has played in almost all the matches for his team in this season of the Premier League, he is not as highly regarded for his national side as in his club.
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The Scottish midfielder of Stoke City, Charlie Adam feels like he has failed to play with his national team and international career in the way he intended it to. Former Scotland coach Craig Levein even turned the blame on him after losing the match that cost him his role when they played some months ago in Cardiff City.
“Listen, you take the criticism on the chin. It’s understandable and it’s the way it goes. I’d probably say I’ve not played to my potential for my country as much as I should have on a consistent basis.
“I hope it can be a fresh start for me with Scotland, that I can get a number of games and kick on now,” he said.
The most recent appearance Charlie Adam made with the jersey of Scotland was back in March 26 when they faced off against Serbia and suffered a 2-0 loss in a disappointing campaign not only for the midfielder but from Scotland as well as they failed to grab a qualification spot for the 2014 World Cup.
He recently suggested Stoke City’s manager Mark Hughes to deploy him more as a central midfielder for the team although the latest results accomplished by his team see him going through an uphill battle in his career not only in the international level but also career wise.
Having scored 1 goal in the 9 matches played this season with Stoke City, he has failed to play the influential part wanted it to be and considering the mediocre campaign the English club are facing with a 17th spot in the Premier League it would be a great timing for Charlie Adam if he can get things going in his favor soon.
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