The massive challenge facing Stoke City in the January transfer window



Stoke City’s attacking problems were highlighted once again in the 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest as the Championship strugglers arguably should have taken all three points.

The Potters will have a chance to address that issue and a few others once the January transfer window opens tomorrow.

Stoke City reporter Peter Smith discussed where they will be looking to do business in our latest live stream on our Facebook page.

Here is part of the transcript. You can watch the full video here.

Are Stoke a tired team without any firepower?

“Stoke have played every midweek and Saturday since August bar international breaks.

“You can see they are tired. It’s a boost to have Joe Allen and Sam Clucas back but they’re losing players left, right and centre.

“Morgan Fox is a miss at left-back now. They’ve had to change the shape of the team through missing one person, including bringing Tommy Smith back as a right wing-back.

“They’ll have to address that. When Michael O’Neill came in a year ago the squad was horribly unbalanced.

“He’s done a lot of good work on that front but there is more to do.”

What will they be trying to do in January?

“Stoke have problems in key areas. Left-back is a huge hole with Morgan Fox injured and at striker in Tyrese Campbell’s absence.

“Fans know that and selling teams know that. In terms of a striker, which clubs will let Stoke have a striker who can score Championship goals in January?

“Campbell was worth £20m to £25m when he got injured. They certainly don’t have £8m to spend on a forward or anything like that.

“It’s not easy for them. It’s hard to know where they’ll look. Could they look at at a young Premier League striker? They’ve been linked with a couple of loans already, as well as Duncan Watmore, who is on a short-term deal with Middlesbrough.

“He’s had injury problem but has been doing really well there. Where do you find a left-back? Perhaps a Premier League loan deal. They’ll have feelers out and it’ll be interesting to see which names emerge.”

What about getting players out?

“It’s tough to get rid of players in the Championship, especially when they aren’t playing.

“Tom Ince has hardly figured and needs to move. Sam Vokes has hardly played.

“There are too many on the sidelines. Kevin Wimmer and Moritz Bauer are the big two on Premier League money and it’s proven very hard to shift them.”





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