Woods, Martins Indi, Etebo – Stoke City loan review including masked singer


Stoke City currently have seven senior players out on loan from League One to Turkey.

We’ve taken a chance to catch up with how they are getting on away from the Potteries this season.

RYAN WOODS

A tough season for Millwall after such a good run of form under Gary Rowett last term.

Woods has been a fixture in midfield, however, and a pass completion rate of 86.3 per cent is in the top 10 for any regular in the Championship.

He had been Rowett’s number one target when he joined 12 months ago but it remains to be seen how the manager will come through his first spell of pressure since arriving at The Den.

Millwall are 17th but with a couple of games in hand on most teams around them. They’re at Boreham Wood in the FA Cup on Saturday.

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LASSE SORENSEN

Sorensen has been increasingly influential over the last few weeks at MK Dons since a man of the match turn in an FA Cup second round win at Barnet.

The 21-year-old has been used as a defensive midfielder and his energy and composure has been praised by manager Russell Martin.

It’s a trip to Premier League Burnley in the FA Cup third round this weekend.

PETER ETEBO

Only three league starts for the 25-year-old on loan at Galatasaray – and none since December 5.

He has been suffering with a niggling knee injury, however, and head coach Fatih Terim has spoken well of an offer to play through any pain barrier.

Galatasaray are fourth, one point off leaders Gaziantep even after yesterday’s 4-3 defeat at Konyaspor, but Etebo has a lot to do to turn around his fortunes.

BENIK AFOBE

Afobe has scored three times in nine starts and five sub appearances so far this season and came off the bench in a 2-1 win at Fatih Karagumruk on Sunday.

But there have been reports this week that he could be heading back to the Potteries a few months early after he apparently changed the mini biography on his social media accounts.

His best mate Sanmi Odelusi is quoted by 61saat trying to put that story to bed, saying: “Afobe is not leaving the club. He is happy in Trabzonspor. It doesn’t mean anything that he changed his biography and photo. Afobe is satisfied with Trabzonspor and wants to continue.

“Sorry, the best strikers in the world are going through tough times. The fans should believe and encourage him in times of trouble.”

He started on the bench against Goztepe today.

BADOU NDIAYE

A surprise move to a newly-promoted Turkish side Fatih Karagumruk for Badou, if not a surprise move to Turkey.

The 30-year-old has started eight games since October, scoring twice against Erzurum and getting sent off against Hatayspor, to help them sit a comfortable ninth in the table.

Seen as a key man.

BRUNO MARTINS INDI

The defender has been dubbed The Masked Singer after a combination of his tuneful happy new year message to AZ Alkmaar fans – and the fact he has just returned to training in a protective mask following surgery on a fractured cheekbone.

Martins Indi, aged 28, has made 12 appearances – including five in the Europa League – after bowing out from Stoke with a star turn in the Carabao Cup at Aston Villa in October.

He’s scored twice too, against FC Emmen and Napoli, and he was sent off for two bookings against Groningen.

AZ are fifth in Eredivisie with only one defeat in 14 league games.

TOM EDWARDS

The 21-year-old has been impressing getting down the right wing for Fleetwood, who surprised many this week by saying goodbye to manager Joey Barton. Stoke favourite Clint Hill has left too.

Simon Wiles is in charge as caretaker but there is no match until a Football League Trophy trip to Hull on January 12 and no league match until hosting Portsmouth on January 16.

Edwards needed regular games and he’s made 12 appearances.





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