December 2, 2013 by Ross
Love him or loathe him, ‘the Capped One’ is a true Stoke City legend. I do of course refer you to Mr. Tony Pulis who has been appointed boss of newly-promoted (and struggling) Crystal Palace. Donning a new cap and tracksuit, the Welshman, who turns 56 two days before the Potters face The Eagles in January, transformed Stoke City Football Club and undoubtedly left a profound legacy. With January fast approaching and his new side currently six points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League, the transfer market is soon to become Tony’s friend once again.
Back in January 2009, Stoke invested in two permanent signings that would help propel the club to safety. James Beattie and Matthew Etherington joined the crusade and with the presence of Etherington on the wing and former England man Beattie up top, Stoke survived with Beattie scoring seven and Etherington assisting three goals. Pulis has a habit of signing players that he’s previously worked with and at Stoke, there are plenty to choose from. So which former or current Stoke players could be targeted for a move to Selhurst Park in January?
As mentioned above, Etherington joined the Potters in January 2009 and provided a huge improvement on the left wing for Stoke as the club aimed for safety. Despite peaking for Stoke in the 2010-11 season and almost clinching a place in the England squad, he has since suffered with injury and currently resides on the substitutes bench at Stoke. A cut price option for Palace, could he regain his form for a final time with his guidance? With Jerome Thomas, Yannick Bolasie, Jason Puncheon and even Cameron Jerome all capable of playing left wing though, would he be a worthwhile signing?
One of if not the best free transfer ever masterminded by Mr. Pulis, Tommy Sorensen joined Stoke in 2008 as an upgrade on Steve Simonsen and the former Villa man did not disappoint. A string of fine performances in goal helped keep Stoke up and if not for the fine form of one Asmir Begovic, he would have played a heck of a lot more games for the club. Should Julian Speroni pick up an injury, do Palace want to rely on Neil Alexander or Lewis Price who have such little Premier League experience? (more…)
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May 31, 2013 by Ross
The arrival of Mark Hughes denotes the end of the Tony Pulis era which saw many great players (some not so great too) join the club and help us progress as a Premier League outfit, so here’s a list of the players that might well be leaving the club this summer:
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You wouldn’t begrudge a keeper of Thomas Sorensen’s standard wanting first team football, but unfortunately for the Great Dane, he’s been behind one of the best keepers in the league in Asmir Begovic this season. Sorensen was one of the better signings of our Premier League debut and has been a great asset to the club and deserves first team football. A consummate professional who doesn’t whinge about not being selected, Thomas would be sorely missed at the club if he were to leave.
It is very easy to forget a player like Carlo Nash at Stoke Citywho hasn’t been called upon since a Carling Cup game with Shrewsbury in August 2010. Nash gets himself out there every training session and trains pre-match every week only to be 3rd choice goalkeeper behind Thomas Sorensen and Asmir Begovic. A dependable goalkeeper and a role model for youngsters in the game, first team football has been so restricted for Nash that it would be no surprise if he wished to move on this summer with Dale Eve and Daniel Bachmann both impressing at youth level ready to take his place. I feel he would make a good coach if he were to take it up.
Public enemy number one; Ryan Shotton is the scapegoat for many a poor performance and irritatingly gets a lot more abuse than he deserves. I was at a game once and heard a bloke behind me scream “for f*** sake Ryan, that was S***!” only for the player who actually made the mistake to be Steven N’Zonzi. It’s that sort of needless abuse that sometimes riles me, but the truth is he’s been played out of position for a long time and simply gets on with it and doesn’t complain. He’s not a world-beater, but he’s nowhere near as bad as some people make out. He’s a Stoke fan too which means that if that was any one of us, we’d be feeling the same pride he must get when he pulls on the red and white stripes. Anyway, his contract expires this summer and it’ll be interesting to see if he is offered a new deal (which I expect him to).
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December 20, 2011 by Ross
Stoke City today announced that both Bosnian International Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and Danish International Goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen have signed new contracts at the club.
The pair are both popular on twitter and used the social media to share their delight at the news. Sorensen declared the news just before midday and revealed he was ‘proud to be a potter’ whilst Begovic declared ‘Very happy to commit for another 4 and a half years to Stoke. Family is settled and happy!’. Sorensen, 35, has signed a two and a half year deal whilst Begovic, 24, has signed a four and a half year deal.
The news of both contracts has came as quite a surprise to a few with speculation of one of the keepers leaving the club should they not play first team football week in, week out. There has always been an importance on having two first team keepers in the squad, and I’m sure all other fans are delighted at the news.
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December 20, 2011 by Ross
Thomas Sorensen revealed via his twitter account at 11:45 this morning that the Danish international has signed a 2 and a half year contract extension at the club.
Sorensen, 35, revealed ‘Just signed a new contract this morning. Proud to be a Potter for another 2 1/2 years.’. After weeks of speculation on his future were put in doubt following the form of Bosnian keeper Asmir Begovic, Sorensen was handed the opportunity to win back his starting place at home to QPR and despite the game ending in defeat, Sorensen has since regained the spot as the number one keeper for at least the time being.
6 days ago the Daily Mail reported that Sorensen would reject the deal and move on at the end of the season. An early Christmas present for Stoke fans everywhere this morning it seems.
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