‘The difference’ – How Stoke City should solve their striker woes in the January transfer window


Stoke City were rocked by a 2-1 defeat to Cardiff City on Tuesday night as they suffered another attacking injury blow.

The Potters saw star striker Tyrese Campbell hobble off as he joined Steven Fletcher and Lee Gregory on the treatment table.

With Sam Vokes and Jacob Brown now the only fit senior forwards, Stoke’s good start to the season could come under threat.

Speaking before Campbell’s injury, Stoke correspondent Peter Smith had already suggested they should look at bringing in a striker on loan in January.

“All three of Vokes, Gregory and Fletcher are the wrong side of 30. Fletcher has been really good and is a great sticking plaster for one, two or three seasons,” he said.

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“He’s not looked like a veteran. The problem at the moment is with injuries.

“Fletcher cut his knee against Norwich. He might have got an infection and that’s a difficult place to get an injury.

“It’s very difficult to heal. Gregory took Fletcher’s place and took a battering at Sheffield Wednesday.

“He’s got injuries in both groins. It’s not as bad as first feared but he’s in the treatment room.

“Sam Vokes got his chance at Wycombe. He got stick but I thought he did okay.

“He doesn’t create his own chances. He needs them to be created for him, but he did drag markers away to let Nick Powell score the winner.

“For most teams he’d be a starter. Jacob Brown then played and did very well.

“He was full of aggression and won a lot in the air. He played with a lot of freedom.

“It will be interesting to see how many goals he gets if he plays there for long.

“If Fletcher and Gregory are out for a sustained period then perhaps a loan striker might be on the agenda.

“That’s a route I’d go down, someone who can fill a gap until you look again in the summer.

“That striker might be the difference.”





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