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Agent working hard to get his client a move

Ndiaye’s agent William D’Avila working to get Stoke City client a move, looking unlikely at this stage

Ergun recently informed the Turkish media the Super Lig side were close to getting a deal done for the player.

It’s claimed Ergun, who worked with Ndiaye’s agent William D’Avila when he was at Galatasaray, is said to be working with him again to get the Senegalese a move to Trabzonspor.

However, it’s been reported by Fotospor that a return to Turkey is unlikely at this stage given the Stoke City midfielder’s potential cost to Trabzonspor

What price would be the minimum you’d expect from any sale of Badou Ndayie

Match Preview: Stoke v Wigan

Match Preview: Wigan Athletic

Saturday’s game will be the 33rd meeting between the sides.

Stoke wins 11

Wigan wins8

Stoke have only won 1 of the last 10 games versus Wigan, that game was the latest fixture when Stoke ran out 1-0 victors in a league cup game at the DW stadium. Sam Vokes scored early on in the game which Stoke dominated for large periods.

Nick Powell was a Wigan player back then & would relish a chance to play against his old side.

Wigan currently sit in 20th place In the league, 3 places & 4 points above Stoke.

Wigan players to look out for

Cheyenne DunkleyIs a solid centre back whose good in both boxes, Wigan rely on him for corners which is reflected on him being Wigan’s top scorer this season with 5 goals.

There have been five 2-2 draws in the last 11 fixtures. bet365 have that outcome at 16/1.

If Michael O’Neill could of hand picked his first two games I’m sure Barnsley & Wigan would of been near the top of his list. Can Stoke perform to the standards set in our last game?

Can Woods hold down a Starting spot

Football League World’s Stoke City fan pundit Andrew Barnett has backed Ryan Woods to become a regular starter under Michael O’Neill

“I personally like Ryan Woods – for me, he is a real “terrier” and always gives 100%.

“The issue with Stoke and the midfield in particular is that we have a number of quality players in those positions, so it is very difficult to say who O’Neill will play.

“But he is a class act and knows the Championship well. His performance against Barnsley, for a player who hasn’t featured for a good number of weeks, was a solid and competent performance and I can only see him getting better the more he plays.

Can you see Woods holding down a starting place

Clucas possible injured, will the club confirm how his scans went.

Allen seems to play every game.

Etebo, why would he not play if fit.

Ndayie, possibility he won’t be here after January window.

Cousins, get in the sea

Woods has a chance especially if Badou does leave.

Don’t underestimate the task at hand

I hope Michael O’Neill is not underestimating the task at hand at Stoke

O’Neill comes across as a very capable manager, He’s had lots of recommendations from Northern Ireland players he’s managed over the past week.

O’Neill’s achievements as manager of Northern Ireland cannot be belittled, he’s taken them from one of the minnows of European football to a side that’s competing with the big boys & winning.

What concerns me a little, it sounds like he believes that managing both Northern Ireland & Stoke at the same time should be a walk in the park.

Stoke still are a disaster waiting to happen, if it hasn’t already. The past 4 years the club has regressed in every aspect of its approach to a point that it’s almost needing medical help to resuscitate it.

Gary Rowett & Nathan Jones have tried & failed to steady the Fall from Grace. So it’s now up to Michael O’Neill to wave his magic over the club.

Firstly he needs to balance the squad, it now has 3 managers worth of deadwood, thrown into an already oversized & overpaid squad.

Secondly he needs to get the club working as one, this means working within the structure of the club from its owners down. This was a big downfall for the past two managers as they had their own ways of working which conflicted with how the club was set up.

If O’Neill expects this to be easy then he’s in for a shock, while trying to do those two things he needs to keep the club from getting relegated & then get us promoted next season before FFP takes hold of the club & we have to sell whatever assets the club has to balance to books.

In my opinion O’Neill is a strong character, with a reputation to command respect from the players. I would say at this current time he’s about the best manager the club could appoint.

Not Good News

Not good news coming out of Stoke about Sam Clucas

We at Stoke loud & Proud have been told that Sam Clucas has broke a bone in his foot and could be out of action for up to 2 months.

Sam Clucas got the injury scoring his fantastic second goal versus Barnsley, his follow through on the shot hit the underside of the Barnsley players boot.

Clucas has had it x-rayed on Monday but only sketchy reports of the results have be known.

We have been told those results & they are not want Stoke fans want to hear, as Sam Clucas has been one of our better performers this season.

Hopefully the club will confirm the extent of the injury properly soon.

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