Stoke City finished the 2015-16 season of the Premier League on the 9th spot after having collected a total of 51 points in 38 matches.
Mark Hughes and the fans of the club want to see the squad doing a better job in the next season and signing a few new players can greatly help out the club in this journey.
One of the names that have been linked with Stoke City is SaidoBerahino of West Bromwich Albion. Berahino is a 23 year old attacker who has received praise by the media as he is a player that emulates Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o with a playing style that is similar to them in one way or another.
There was a point in time when Robin van Persie was considered to be one of the best attackers in the world of football but the Dutchman has been experiencing a downfall as he is playing with the Turkish outfit Fenerbahce and has not managed to perform at the high level that he did not too long ago.
Robin van Persie proved that he still has what it takes to perform at a world class level even at a fairly elevated as he scored a sublime goal in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup after connecting with a cross and chipping the ball past the likes of Iker Casillas.
Former Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City player Wilson Palacios has been talking about his career.
He said that it was a good experience for him to have played in the Premier League and has encouraged young players from his country to try the experience.
He said that he was pleased with Spurs performance this season. He knew some of the young players during his time at Tottenham Hotspurs and that it was a nice feeling to see these players rise and challenge for the title. He said that Leicester City deserved the title and Spurs should not lose hope and try again next season.
To go from being the leader of the attack of the club to be a bench warmer which he has become, this is a sort of demotion which is ego-hurting for Crouch and frankly, it would be ego-hurting for any player in the world.
But, Crouch does not have unrealistic views at all and he actually accepts that in mid-thirties, appearing in all the matches is unlikely for him or for anyone who is of that age. The younger players dominate the pecking order everywhere.
However, he reckons he is surely doing sufficiently in training to be at least on the brink of selection and have a go every now and then whenever the manager thinks of rotation or whatever.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes that the club will be without winger Xherdan Shaqiri due to a thigh pull. The former Inter Milan star may be set for a couple of weeks on the sidelines.
The blow comes at a time when the club has just started to find its feet in the league. Players like Ryan Shawcross have spoken with confidence about finishing in the Europa league spots. Stoke City have already qualified for this competition once in the history and to do it regularly would be great. However, they face strong competition from the likes of Southampton, Manchester United, and Liverpool.
Wilson Palacios struggled to get consistent playing time as a player of Stoke City, this was mainly due to injuries which hampered him for a long period of time and the Honduran player was released from the club even before his contract with the Premier League club had reached it’s end.
When everything was officially confirmed and Palacios was indeed released from Stoke City, Hull City snapped up the Honduran midfielder on trial but he was never truly able to impress the coach Steve Bruce and unfortunately for Palacios, a permanent contract wasn’t offered to him.
Stephen Ireland has always been one of the favourite players of Mark Hughes, but the Stoke City manager has been struggling to give opportunities to the 29-year-old this season.
Ireland was expected to be a big presence in the midfield of Stoke this season, but he has had only 128 minutes of league action so far. All of his six appearances in the league have come as a substitute and it has led to speculation that Ireland could be on the move once again. In a recent fans meeting, defender Ryan Shawcross admitted that Ireland will be frustrated with the lack of first-team opportunities. However, he remains an integral part of the club.
Santi Cazorla signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal to end any interest from Spanish clubs.
The midfielder has been an excellent buy from Mallorca. He has been one of the key players in the squad over the last couple of years. Quality provided by such players has enabled Arsenal not just end the trophy drought that went on for almost a decade, but also claim back-to-back success in the league. Along with Cazorla, Theo Walcott also extended his contract with the gunners. His future has been under major speculation since he had just 12 months left on his contract.
Former Chelsea defender José Bosingwa has revealed his desire to retire at his current club Trabzonspor.
The Portuguese has been named as captain of the club after witnessing his contributions. He has been at the Turkish club since 2013 after joining them from an ill-fated time at Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League. Bosingwa may have won numerous titles in his career – largely at FC Porto and Chelsea – but he has been widely known for his troublesome spell at QPR. The defender is keen to dismiss the negativity surrounding him. One of the ways to do so may be to win the hearts of Trabzonspor fans.
Wilson Palacios has not made a single appearance for Stoke City in this season and the player hailing from Honduras does not seem to be in the plans of the coach Mark Hughes. The contract that Palacios signed with Stoke City expires in the summer and all signs are pointing towards him leaving the Premier League club.
Palacios was signed by Stoke City back in 2011 for a transfer fee of €6 million but due to injuries and a number of other setbacks that have emerged, Palacios has only managed to make 38 appearances in 4 seasons.
Signing Wilson Palacios has turned out to be one of the worst signings of Stoke City in the past few years but the chairman of the Premier League club, Peter Coates defended the clubs’ decision on having signed the Hondurian player.
Tony Pulis recently commented that Stoke City have been doing well in the Premier League only because they have a spine of players who were brought into the club by him.
It appears to have infuriated current manager Mark Hughes, who has responded to those comments. Hughes says that he may have a number of players signed during the Tony Pulis era like Ryan Shawcross and Peter Crouch, but there were clear signs that the club were sinking slowly under the stewardship of Pulis. Pulis remains as the only manager in the bottom tiers of English football to have never been relegated in his career.
Former Chelsea striker Franco di Santo has been a revelation in the German Bundesliga this season.
After struggling to score goals on a consistent basis throughout his career, he appears to be finally coming good at just the right time. The Argentine has scored six goals in 10 appearances for Werder Bremen this season. This has prompted transfer interest surrounding the striker just before the January transfer window opens. The German club, though, have concretely stated that they would not be interested in selling the 25-year-old.