Well this is my first post of many I hope. The week on a personal note has been disaster from start to finish and everything went wrong anyway less about my week and let’s talk about what is so important to me, Stoke City Football Club.
Incoming – Transfer Rumours
The Main News would be the possible interest in West Ham’s Dean Ashton and Crocked England Legend Michael Owen, both however are very unlikely signings. Dean Ashton a former Potter’s Academy player was the main talk at the start of the week. Stoke after an England International? who’d of thought that 5 years ago? but later on during the week Peter Coates dismissed any interest in him. But we then got linked with Michael Owen! Yes THE Michael Owen the one when 18 scored a brilliant goal vs the Argies in France ’98! With reported interest from Hull City the next day Mr. Pulis said he’d love have Owen here and then not so long after Peter Coates stated that we’re going to phone Michael Owen’s agents about a possible deal. I for one would be concerned about his previous injuries, but Tony Pulis has got a fantastic record of keeping ‘Injury Proned’ players Fit and Injury Free (Fuller, Noel-Williams etc) but I think this will be 1 step to far and the reported 110k a week wages at Newcastle I just can’t see it however much I’d like it happen.
Ashton on his way back to Stoke?
Michael has numerous offers
Habib Beye. This player would improve our defence and attacking options and with the reported amount to be £1m would be the bargain of the season in any league in the world. A fantastic defender with a great attacking vision; he’s a former captain of Olympique Marseille, played in the Champions League and also a former Senegalese International with 35 caps and 1 goal so he’d blend well with our current squad. How much I like Wilko (Andy Wilkinson) I’d love have Habib Beye at the Brit. Tony go get him!.
Another Senegalese arrival?
The 3rd Newcastle player linked with us this week is Obafemi Martins. The Nigerian International who has been linked with a £5m move to the Potteries would be a cracking edition to the team. Blessed with Pace, Power, Vision and Work Ethic. He may not score a lot but he’s a top player and anyone would like him in there squads but this summer he’s been linked with over 15 clubs so far so I don’t expect we’re his first port of call.
Martins on his way?
Dean Whitehead, Will his name ever not be linked with us? Once again reports been saying we are interested (3rd Summer on trot we have been linked with him). The 27 year old stated last summer he had no intention’s of leaving the Stadium of Light but rumours won’t go away and with Mr. Pulis a big admirer of the Abingdon born Central Midfielder; I can see him being here in the near future he’s an improvement on Diao but is he better than Whelan, Delap or even Amdy Faye? I’m not to sure.
Tony’s permanent target
Haminu Dramani a player linked with us last Summer and in January with a reported €3 million bid agreed there is a possible move for the versatile Ghanian International. He was on loan to newly promoted FC Kuban Krasnodar where he played 11 times scoring twice, If he does sign he would be backup to the left sided wingers and I’d like to think we’d get him cheaper.
We have also been linked with former target Aruna Dindane, ex-England International Darius Vassell & Reading player Leroy Lita these link’s are very unlikley to happen so I won’t go into much detail. Aruna Dindane has also been linked with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa so I think we’d be last on his list. Darius Vassell has also been linked with Hull City and I REALLY hope we arn’t even looking at him. Leroy Lita I made the thread on the Oatcake Fanzine message board about the link and the comments left like mine we’re very negative he is a very average Championship player with great pace but no great outcome of any sort, he also has a very ‘big time Charlie’ feel about him and if the cards we’re down he would run and hide in a dark corner I for one wouldn’t like to see him here.
Leroy Lita an unlikely arrival
Outgoing Transfer Rumours
Not many Outgoing rumours this summer to be fair but this week was a link of a possible departure of defender Andrew Davies to Coventry City & Queens Park Rangers. Davies has had a horrid time at The Brit so far due to percicent knee problems, a player who has the potential to be in our starting XI and a player I highly rate but I think he’ll be on his way because of the Injuries which is a shame.
Andrew Davies on his way?
Also Seyi Olofinjana is attracting interest from French Club AS Monaco, this may sound a bit of a shock considering he has not even played since Christmas, but the impressive performance’s vs Republic of Ireland and France as Nigerians Captain may have lead to the interest, there is also reported interested from newly promoted Burnley
Seyi to the South Coast of France?
What many Stoke fans we’re surprised to hear was when Mr. Pulis said he’d like to help out good friend, Ex-Potter & now local rival’s manager Mickey Adams; the deals that will happen are more likely to be the youth players of Stoke going to them with the possible deals this season including probable incoming whizzkids Matt Lund & Ben Marshall.
Paul Jewell for Assistant Manager? Well it shows you how far we have come but it’s true. The former Bradford City, Sheffield Wednesday, Wigan Athletic & Derby County Manager is the favourite to replace David Kemp (who is going to be a Part-Time scout in America). The Liverpudlian is close friends with Mr. Pulis and there footballing strategies are very similar who bases on Hard Work and Passion and would be a match made in heaven in my view, but other Stoke fan’s don’t seem to keen which is a quite of a surprise because of his poor stint at Derby County, to similar personality wise and some just don’t like him as a person! but the dig at him because of the Derby stint is a bit ridiculous No manager in the world would of saved them even Jose Mourinho wouldn’t.
Stoke Target Djibril Cisse has joined Greek Giants Panathinaikos, on a 4 year deal.
I hope you have enjoyed this review of the week.
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