‘Pretty direct’ – Stoke City expected to take this stance over marooned loan midfielder



Stoke City are unlikely to stand in the way of Peter Etebo when it comes to extending his loan spell in Spain, we understand.

Reports in Spain suggest Getafe are keen to extend his stay to accommodate the prolonged La Liga season following the coronavirus crisis.

Etebo is currently on loan from Stoke until the end of June, but the Spanish domestic season is expected to go well beyond that cut-off point.

Stoke boss Michael O’Neill was happy to sanction Etebo’s departure to Spain in January and, barring some kind of sudden injury crisis at the bet365, is expected to grant the Nigerian international an extended stay at Getafe.

O’Neill said at the time: “The players who’ve gone out on loan made it pretty clear to me that they didn’t see their future at Stoke City.

“They were pretty direct about that, which they are entitled to do.

“We want players that are hungry to do well here at Stoke.

“I want to put as honest and as hard-working-a-team as possible on the pitch because I think that’s what the people here deserve.”

Etebo had featured six times for Getafe in La Liga and once in the cup before it emerged he was suffering from an unspecified minor injury.

Stoke will be hoping they go beyond his loan deal by offering a decent fee to take him full-time.

Etebo joined Stoke in the summer of 2018 and transpired to be the most successful signing during that poor window for the club.

But he appeared to lose heart as this season wore on and never got on the pitch during O’Neill’s time in charge.





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