Latest figures suggest Stoke City could be labelled`long ball’ or even `hoof ball.’
Regular watchers would dispute any such tag, however, because while Stoke aren’t quite Manchester City yet, they certainly don’t strike you as the next Wimbledon either.
The figures refer to long passes rather than long balls and Stoke fans might concur that the likes of Sam Clucas – remember that exquisite pass for Tyrese Campbell against Cardiff? – is particularly adept at the longer pass which might contribute towards these records.
And, if you want another mitigating factor, if Stoke are a little long ball these days that’s hardly surprising for a team in their predicament as the longer pass is the default position for most clubs struggling.
And boy have Stoke been struggling this season.
Here’s the table (with info supplied by WyScout):
1502 (long passes): Huddersfield
1646: Hull City
1653: West Brom
1662: Luton Town
1694: Swansea City
1721: Nottingham Forest
1779: Derby County
1896: Cardiff City
1906: Leeds United
1915: Sheffield Wed
1917: Bristol City
2038: STOKE CITY