Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has revealed that he does not want to sell Peter Crouch despite having brought in Mame Biram Diouf as one of the main strikers. Diouf has joined the club on a free transfer after leaving German club Hannover. He signed a four-year contract. Scoring goals was a major problem for Stoke last season. Figures have been pointed towards former Liverpool and Tottenham striker Crouch, who appears to have lost his scoring touch in recent years. After managing 38 appearances last season, Crouch got only 10 goals.
Stoke City has added a new player into their squad after signing Dionatan Teixeira from the Slovakian club Dukla Banska Bystrica.
Following the completion of the transfer, Teixeira expressed his happiness about joining the Premier League club Stoke City as he said: "I have a new, great club and it is the start of a new life for me. I have to train well to I have to play Premier League and develop my football. I very much wanted a chance to play to the best league in the world."
On some previous occasions Mark Hughes has praised Teixeira as the manager of Stoke City considers the defender to be technically gifted with plenty of potential.
Stoke city manager Mark Hughes has stated that he is hoping that funds will be available for his disposal in the summer. Stoke just completed a remarkable campaign during which time they have managed to stay in the top half of the table. This was always going to be difficult season for the club given that they were without manager Tony Pulis, who had been at the club for several years. Hence, this was seen as a transitional period, but Hughes has managed to implement some methods from the past to help the club retain their philosophy.
Stoke City sustained a 3-0 loss at Stamford Bridge in their latest Premier League match and as the match concluded Mark Hughes expressed his disappointment in how his players performed during their match against Chelsea.
"I was disappointed in what we produced. In recent weeks we've been a lot better than that. You have to come to places such as Stamford Bridge and make sure you put in a good performance as a team’’
Since Stoke City earned their promotion to the Premier League in 2008, the highest spot they have finished to secure was in the 2009-10 season when they got into the 11th spot.
Stoke City’s last few league matches have seen them claiming victories against West Ham United, Arsenal and Manchester United as they are trying to earn a higher spot in the Premier League and according to the Irish defender of the squad, Marc Wilson he says that the team is focused on accomplishing it.
Wilson said: "The manager, staff and all the guys have been saying we want to keep this run going until the end of the season. We have eight games left. All the lads are focused on picking up as many points as we can, and we want to finish in the top 10."
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has stated that he is surprised by the good form Arsenal have shown this season. After long been considered as a team incapable of winning a major title, Arsenal have finally managed to put together a title challenge this campaign.
The last Premier league title that they won was back in 2004, but this Arsenal team is in contention with Chelsea and Manchester City for the title. Mark Hughes, who came close to winning the league title with Manchester City a few years ago, says that this good run of form has been unexpected from Arsenal.
Mark Hughes of Stoke City has managed to sign Manchester City’s John Guidetti on a loan until the end of the season, or at least that is what reports are claiming to have happened. Guidetti has impressed many clubs and coaches with his performances outside of Manchester City.
The 21 years old player managed to score 20 goals in 23 appearances for the Eredivisie side Feyenoord. Guidetti suffered from a number of injuries and illness that have kept him unable to play on the pitch for a few weeks but he is now believed to be back on full fitness.
Peter Crouch and Kenwyne Jones are on the long term plans of Mark Hughes as he said that he has no intention of selling either of the players in this transfer window. Jones was being linked with a move to Cardiff City.
Stoke City's expectations of signing United States forward Juan Agudelo seem to be totally over after Juan was refused a work permit. The twenty year old footballer had been anticipated to join during the transfer window in January, the time when his contract with Major League Soccer team New England Revolution ran out. In August, he signed up a pre-contract deal with the Potters.
On Wednesday, after attending a hearing in London with manager Mark Hughes, Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes told that they were highly disappointed that the panel rejected their appeal. Regrettably, under the regulations of the appeal panel system, they were handed no account why the application was denied and so could only assume as to the reasons why they have not been successful.
Stoke city managed to progress into the next round of the Capital One cup after beating Tranmere Rovers in the third round of the competition.
Despite this tough away fixture, Stoke managed to come out with a 2-0 victory. This led to the praise from manager Mark Hughes, who was also especially happy with the performance from midfielder Stephen Ireland. The Republic of Ireland midfielder was brought to the club only recently on a loan deal from Aston Villa. Since he is out of contract at the end of the season, it is widely expected that Stoke will sign him on a permanent basis.
Stoke City are one of the several teams currently having chosen the United States as the destination for their pre-season tour.
Under the management of Mark Hughes, the club will be looking to make the transition into attacking and attractive football in the coming season. Even though Stoke have not been hugely active in the transfer window, they have brought in some names as per the recommendation of Hughes. The manager has revealed that he has even more opportunity to sign quality players during the period he spends in the United States.