‘When we lost him we fell apart’ – Charlie Adam picks most underrated Stoke City teammate



Charlie Adam didn’t have to think long when he was asked who was his most underrated teammate at Stoke City – and most fans would probably give the same answer.

Adam has been interviewed on a Facebook Live for The Longest Forty, all with a mind to raise money to fund more personal protective equipment for NHS workers in Scotland.

Fans from Rangers, Blackpool, Liverpool, Stoke and Reading were able to submit questions and he was quizzed about unsung heroes during his time in the Potteries.

“I’d probably go with someone like Glenn Whelan,” said Adam.

“No matter how he was – if he was 60 or 70 per cent fit – he’d try to play. He wanted to play every game, he was a moaner… he just wanted to win.

“He was the one who was very underrated and, sadly for us, when we lost him, we fell apart.”

Whelan joined Stoke mid-way through the 2007/08 promotion season and went on to help establish the club in the Premier League, reach the FA Cup final and secure a trio of top 10 finishes.

He didn’t want to leave when he did, in 2018 – going on to help Aston Villa win promotion to the top flight inside two years while Stoke went down.

Since the New Year, now 36, he has been a key man at Fleetwood Town as they try to win promotion to the Championship.

So did Stoke let him go too soon?

Adam added: “Age comes to people and the club obviously wanted to go in a different way and try to bring in younger talent.

“But at that time I just think we tried to do too much.

“Senior players are important at a football club, even for their experience when they’re not playing if you’ve got good characters. If you can keep them in your dressing room, they’ll help you through good times and bad times – and you’re going to have bad times as a manager or a coach.

“I just felt that if we had kept Jon Walters or Glenn Whelan for another season, Stoke I think could have stayed in the Premier League.”

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