Michael O’Neill has some big decisions to make
Michael O’Neill still has a lot of decisions to make about the Stoke squad.
Yesterday’s game versus Millwall saw a number of players not taking part that surely would be involved during the season, but their are plenty that won’t be seen in the red & white again.
O’Neill & the club need to either loan these players out or decide to sell to get them off the wage bill.
James McClean didn’t take part in the squad due to just travelling back from international duty & was rested, he will almost definitely be involved in the next game versus Wolves. Benik Afobe is still getting back up to full fitness after his injury, has he done enough in pre season to show O’Neill that he can offer the club something. I’d say he has.
Joe Allen & Thibaud Verlinden are the only two missing from the squad due to being currently injured, both players once fit are seen as players O’Neill wants to keep at the club.
Club Captain Ryan Shawcross didn’t make the squad to face Millwall nor did youngster Nathan Collins. I think the latter will benefit from a decent loan away, just like Harry Souttar has done. Collins needs regular game time, something I just can’t see him getting at Stoke at the moment.
Tashan Oakley-Boothe in my opinion has shown enough to warrant his place in the squad, but what about the likes of Liam Lindsay, Lee Gregory & Jordan Cousins?
That’s the players covered at the club that I see still having a future at the club, what about the vast amount of players that will never play a game for Stoke this season or probably any season again.
Stoke still have Kevin Wimmer, Moritz Bauer & Badou Ndiaye Pulling a huge wage at the club, the faster we can get clubs for these the better. Ndiaye though is expected to join an up & coming Turkish side on Monday
Who needs to be sold, Who needs loaning our to improve?
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