Stoke go into tonight’s game with Hajduk Split with a side struggling in pre-season for energy and variety. With the possibility that both Etherington and Pennant will miss out, it looks like tonight’s game may be all about getting the ball straight from the back to Jones. Both sat out training yesterday and without any attacking options being added to the team this summer just yet, it may be down to the likes of Michael Tonge and Dean Whitehead to stake a claim for a place in their absence.
Personally speaking I cannot wait for the game and am more than a little excited to see the Potters in Europe. I know for a fact that every single Stoke fan feels the same and with the excitement building, we can only hope that the Pressure to advance to the next stage doesn’t get to the team and that they can build up a good home advantage to take to Croatia. Pulis has already stated that he is trying to bring in 4 or 5 players this window and with Europe looming and seemingly a number of fringe players on the edge of deals away from the Brit, potentially Stoke could be left with a very bare squad in dire need of some new blood.
Let’s just hope Pulis fires up the lads tonight and hope the full house will provide a fantastic atmosphere and give the fans something to shout about.