What happened to the 13 players Nathan Jones let go at Stoke City?



It was a busy old summer at Stoke City in 2019 as Nathan Jones spoke often about the need to streamline his massive squad, even if he did also bring in 10 players.

There were a dozen departures, from senior to junior, some which were much lamented and some, or at least one, who were rushed out of the door.

So, as we head into a football-free weekend, how have they been getting on?

Charlie Adam

Was linked with a romantic homecoming at Blackpool before opting for Reading, where he had to be patient to get his chance. At the centre of things as they pulled away from any relegation worries under Mark Bowen but would still have liked to have played more.

And, in case you missed it, he’s been a special guest on a certain podcast this week.

Darren Fletcher

Wasn’t keen to retire but was linked with a recruitment role at Manchester United, sparking speculation that he was recommending Nathan Collins to the powers that be.

But has instead been spotted as a well-respected and insightful pundit on radio and television.

Jakob Haugaard

The keeper, who joined Stoke as back-up for Jack Butland and Shay Given in 2015, has found a new home at AIK in Stockholm in January.

Erik Pieters

Has had to fight with Charlie Taylor for the left-back spot under Sean Dyche but has got a decent amount of pitch time for someone who was weirdly frozen out by Nathan Jones in the Championship.

Geoff Cameron

Two wins over Stoke to show for Cameron, who has been a regular at QPR, where he had impressed on loan last season. Had been a near fixture in the team at Stoke for much of his first six years after joining from Houston Dynamo – at right-back or in midfield – but was never considered by Jones.

Bojan Krkic

Re-born at Montreal Impact, who he helped qualify for the North American Champions League.

Was in the middle of preparing for his first full season when football ground to a halt – and he has spoken passionately about how priorities have to change in this time of crisis.

Saido Berahino

Released by mutual agreement after being found guilty of drink driving, he moved to Belgium to try to start again under the radar.

Scored six times in 18 league appearances and has been playing with a smile on his face.

Mark Waddington

Joined a Barrow team that has been on the cusp of returning to the Football League for the first time since the 1970s – and spent time on loan at Blyth Spartans too.

Dan Gyollai

Popular keeper joined Wigan Athletic and has been catching the eye for their under-23s as he tries to force his way into Paul Cook’s plans.

Sim Thandi

Youth right-back wound up in Cyprus with AEK Larnaca, getting an outing in the Europa League into the bargain.

Jacob Twyford

Midfielder started out on Port Vale’s books before progressing with Stoke and has been with Leek Town in their now-aborted promotion charge.

Mate Deczki

Keeper who was a hero in the run to the FA Youth Cup semi-finals in 2017 returned to Hungary to sign for FC Ajka, then move on loan to VLS Veszprém.

Moussa Niakate

The left-back, aged 23, was a late arrival for Stoke under-23s and, in January, joined Stade Laval in the Championnat National.

He said: “I think every football player dreams of going to England. I do not regret having left. At Stoke it turned out to be complicated, with the language barrier, physical intensity and everything. Everything is different.

“I am satisfied to have signed here. Laval is a good club, which has long played in Ligue 2. The infrastructure is there to go up. It’s a great challenge for me.”





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