There are media reports that former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch may make a move to Swansea City in the coming days.
Indeed the Welsh side is currently short on strikers and may be in the market for at least two attacking reinforcements. Several attacking players are going to leave Swansea in the summer, and the club is actively looking for a replacement. BatetimbiGomis is said to be going out on a season loan to French side Marseille while Alberto Paloschi and Eder are both going to be sold.
Stoke City’s Geoff Cameron claims that he is more worried about keeping his place in the first team of the Premier League outfit for the 2016-17 campaign since he expects the club to have a busy transfer window.
There have already been reports that manager Mark Hughes has been looking at several players who are unable to get game time at top clubs like Barcelona. Christian Tello is one of the names being linked with a move to Stoke City. A transfer will not be beyond the possibility since Stoke City already have a former Barcelona player in the squad – Bojan Krkic.
Mark Hughes has confirmed that Stoke City will be ambitious in the summer when it comes to the signings.
It has been speculated that Stoke City will be signing a number of players like Nathan Redmond and Saido Berahino. Players such as these are expected to cost in excess of £ 10 million quite easily. However, Stoke City have been on a spending spree in the last few summers. The club is clearly determined to become an established Premier League outfit and they see the presence of quality name as a key.
Mark Hughes saw his team collapse remarkably in the recent meeting with Liverpool, which ended as a 4-1 loss for his team. Stoke City were coming into the game with aspirations of a European finish.
The club’s chairman Peter Coates recently claimed that qualifying for Europe regularly will be a sign of improvement for Stoke, who were a regular Championship club not too long ago. Any hope of featuring in the Europa League for only the second season in the club’s history may have come to an end after this loss against Liverpool at Anfield.
The Premier League and just about every top European league are reaching their final stages and every single point that any club is able to secure from this point on can play a huge role in what spot they are going to finish in their respective league
Stoke City is hoping to seal a Europa League spot that would allow them to compete in the European competition for the upcoming season but a recent string of injuries might hamper their chances of making it happen.
The latest player of Stoke City that fell victim to injury was Jack Butland as he was playing a friendly match for England against Germany on March 27 and during this game, Butland picked up an injury which forced him to leave the pitch at the 46th minute as he had to be replaced by Fraser Forster.
For the past few weeks and even months, Chelsea has been in search of a manager who can take charge of the main team after the current season reaches it’s end. Guus Hiddink is the interim coach but the Dutch manager will be making his way out of Stamford Bridge in a few months’ time.
Diego Simeone, Massimiliano Allegri, Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho are some of the high profile managers who have been linked with taking charge of Chelsea but there is someone else who isn’t so well known as those previously mentioned who was being taken into consideration and it’s Stoke City’s Mark Hughes.
Mark Hughes says that he is taking the positives after his Stoke City only narrowly were defeated by Liverpool in the League Cup semi-final on Tuesday night.
This was a major opportunity for Stoke to display their improvement under the former Blackburn manager. They came close to winning the FA Cup recently. However, adding a trophy for the first time under Hughes will be a memorable achievement. It has been made difficult by the first leg loss against Liverpool. Despite having some good opportunities to score in the 90 minutes, the game finished as a 1-0 loss for the underdogs.
Ronald Koeman reckons Chelsea’s style of play is responsible for the results that they have fetched so far.
Chelsea’s numbers of late have been extraordinarily disappointing and there’s been huge pressure on charismatic Mourinho,
Although he has been given the job security by the bosses at Stamford Bridge, but, a lot is at stake for him.
In the views of Koeman, who is in charge of Southampton FC at the moment, Mourinho is ultra negative when it comes to tactics and that is harming Chelsea.
According to the Dutchman, if Mourinho wants to get the Blues back to winning ways, he should have a look at the other team, the teams like Arsenal, the kind of attacking Football that they are playing.
Stoke City has a tough schedule in their start of this new Premier League season as they had to face off with Liverpool and eventually lost 0-1.
The next match of Stoke City is scheduled to take place on August 15 as they face off with another difficult in White Hart Lane with Tottenham Hotspurs.
2 successive difficult opponents might not be the best way for a club to start a new season but not everything is negative for Stoke City as the English side has made a huge splash in the summer transfer window after offloading €12 million in signing Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter Milan and this recent arrival is expected to push Stoke City to new heights.
Stoke City managed one of the best results in their history after a 6-1 thrashing of Liverpool at the Britannia stadium.
This was the final match of the season and it meant little to the two teams. While Stoke had already achieved records point tally in a Premier League season, Liverpool had just failed to qualify for the top four after a series of poor form. Stoke managed to take full advantage of the poor form after crashing a poor Liverpool 6-1 with five goals coming in the first half alone. Three of the goals came in just eight minutes, as he helped himself to a hat-trick.