Stoke Take Trio On Trial

Stoke City played three trialists in yesterday’s U23 match with Norwich City.

The Potters are preparing for next season and have taken a number of players on trial in recent weeks, with this particular trio showing good signs in the 1-1 draw.

Ryan Hill and Michael Kelly were playing their second match in a week having been involved at West Ham on Tuesday.

Hill, enjoying a second spell at the club from Beaconsfield, is an energetic central midfielder who almost scored and combined well with the likes of Julien Ngoy and Danny Jarvis. Sadly his afternoon was brought to a premature end due to a minor thigh injury, but he’s certainly a player that offers the kind of dynamism that can change a match.

Left back Kelly (pictured, right) was on Leicester’s books until leaving to move back to his native Scotland in the summer. He showed good forward thinking and wasn’t afraid to stick a boot in against the Canaries and at 19 could be considered an ideal addition to the academy ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

Just next to him was Daniel Barbir (pictured, left), a towering central defender from West Bromwich Albion. Formerly on Manchester City’s books, the USA youth international was solid in the air but was caught out on the deck on a few occasions. Still, having represented the Baggies in the EFL Trophy this season, he’s a player that Glyn Hodges and the staff will be keen to have another look at.

The U23s play Wolverhampton sides twice this week- travelling to Wolverhampton Casuals on Tuesday for the Staffordshire Senior Cup semi-final before hosting Wanderers on Friday at Clayton Wood.

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