He’s a Champions League finalist, Scotland captain and regarded as one of the best attacking left-backs in the Premier League, but Andrew Robertson almost became a Stoke City player before being snapped up by Liverpool. Robertson had one year left on his contract with Hull City following their relegation from the top flight in May 2017, and was looking to move on. Several clubs had shown an interest in the 24-year-old, but it was Stoke who were looking like the best bet for the youngster. He told YouTube football channel Open Goal: “Stoke were quite interested in me. Mark Hughes liked me and I think there was a wee bit of chat with them. “So I was thinking they were a really good option; I think they finished top-10 that season and I was trying to get my head on a move to Stoke. “I was thinking they were really keen, and at that point under Mark Hughes they were playing good football. They had Erik Pieters; I wasn't sure if I was going in as backup to him as he … [Read more...] about Champions League finalist reveals how he almost became a Stoke City player
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Another game without a goal, but the Potters appear to have sorted things out at the back. Jack Butland also seems to be back to his best between the sticks after producing another couple of cracking saves. MARTIN SPINKS has rated the Stoke City players... BUTLAND: Got away with one poor pass out from the back, but one great tip away and two at Grabban’s feet late on 8 EDWARDS: Recovered superbly from one slip and remained diligent defensively, while some of his crosses deserved better response from his team-mates 8 MARTINS INDI: Filled in capably at left-back once more... a second career beckoning perhaps 7 SHAWCROSS: Good positioning, solid in the air, strong in the tackle and could produce a block when necessary 8 WILLIAMS: In far greater control of proceedings compared to his first few games for the club 7 WOODS: Terrifically tenacious in the challenge and always looking for that killer ball going forward 7 ETEBO: Not afraid to get stuck in when required and picked a decent … [Read more...] about Stoke City players rated after stalemate against Nottingham Forest
It's all eyes on new signing Peter Etebo for Stokies at the World Cup out in Russia. He's the next Potter in action when Nigeria take on Iceland in Volgograd on Friday afternoon at 4pm. Etebo was one of Nigeria's better performers in a holding midfield role during their otherwise disappointing 2-0 defeat to Croatia last Saturday evening. That leaves the Nigerians bottom of Group D and desperately needing a win against the Icelanders before they wrap up their group fixtures against Argentina. After Etebo it's Xherdan Shaqiri, still a Stoke City player for now. The wee fella will be lining up for Switzerland against Serbia straight after Etebo's game for a 7pm kick off on Friday in Kaliningrad. The Swiss will fancy their chances after kicking off with that 1-1 draw against Brazil in Group E and a victory over the Serbs will all but guarantee them qualification with Costa Rica to come in their final group game. Then it's on to Sunday lunchtime for a 1pm kick off between England and Group … [Read more...] about Stoke City players facing crunch games in World Cup
Can you name a Stoke City player you bet no one else can remember? That’s the question we asked on our Facebook page this weekend and you have been racking the very back of your brain to come up with very obscure footballers. For every world famous Xherdan Shaqiri or Peter Crouch in red and white there has been a fella who could probably go unnoticed if he stood in full kit in front of the Boothen End. We have picked out 12 from the list and dusted off a few photographs. Can you put a name to the faces? Don't forget to share your score with us via @PeteSmith1983 and @StokeCityLive on Twitter or our Stoke City Facebook page - and challenge your mates. … [Read more...] about 12 ridiculously obscure Stoke City players: how many can you name?
The World Cup in Russia kicks off this weekend, at least for the five Stoke City players out there, as the club’s Nigerian newcomer Peter Etebo is on duty for tomorrow evening’s clash with Croatia in Kaliningrad. Xherdan Shaqiri and Badou Ndiaye may not be Stoke players for too much longer, but for now they are still wearing red and white stripes somewhere beneath their national team colours. So what are their prospects of playing and what are their prospects of graduating from the group stage over the next fortnight? As for Stoke players facing one another in the knockout stages, the best chance of that would appear to be Jack Butland v Mame Diouf and/or Badou Ndiaye in the round of 16 as England and Senegal are on a possible collision course later in the tournament. Or how about Xherdan Shaqiri attempting one of his overheads against Butland in the quarter finals? We can but dream. PETER ETEBO (NIGERIA) GROUP D: Argentina (Fifa ranked 5th), Croatia (20), Iceland (22), … [Read more...] about Stoke City players on potential collision course in knockout stages