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.
May 20th, 2014
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has revealed that Charlie Adam will go to extreme lengths when it comes to taking the field against Newcastle. Stoke City will be taking on Newcastle in a meaningless game for both clubs, as they are in a position whereby nothing can be achieved apart from a couple of millions in the bank. The Premier league provides a slightly higher TV money for clubs finishing in ninth rather than 10th, which is where Stoke find themselves with four matches remaining. Their visit to St James’s Park this weekend will be disrupted by the absence of Charlie Adam.
The midfielder had suffered a freak injury and had broken his nose ahead of the match in training. However, the former Liverpool midfielder is prepared to wear a mask and head on to the pitch. This attitude has received praise from manager Hughes, who says that it is vital that Stoke finished above Newcastle in the table. Both teams cannot qualify for the Europa league, while it is also impossible to get relegated from this position. Despite this, Hughes has praised the mentality of his players to give their all at this stage in the season.
The 28-year-old has been one of Stoke’s best players since joining from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.
“It was just one of those things. At the time we thought had a bit of a nose bleed and would brush it off. He went to challenge for a ball between him and our young keeper Dan Bachmann, lost his footing and fell onto Dan’s boot. It caught him on the side of the nose. There’s a bit of a depression there – hence the operation, but it won’t spoil his good looks! He’s trained today,” said the former Manchester City boss ahead of the match.
February 7th, 2014
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.