Like most Championship teams this season, Stoke City’s league results have been rather inconsistent as the flock behind the top three in the division is gathered.
There seems to be a bit of a gap in the class especially between both Bournemouth and Fulham and the rest of the division in terms of quality, but Michael O’Neill will be happy enough with where his Potters team is after 17 games.
However, it looks like the Staffordshire team are getting more serious injuries than many other clubs at this level and the curse has hit more than once this season.
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Last year, it was Tyrese Campbell who was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, and his return to fitness coincided with the loss of Nick Powell to a torn fibula.
While it could have been much worse for the former Manchester United man, his absence has left a bit of a creative gap, and O’Neill has had to mix the pack and change tactics in the way his team plays.
Powell may be back in a month’s time, but his absence may have boosted the need to pick up another offensive midfielder – as well as a center-back thanks to Harry Souttar’s devastating knee injury – and it’s Derby’s Tom Lawrence who has been linked with bet365. . Stage of the Daily Mail.
Lawrence is in a very similar form to Powell in the sense that he can create something out of nothing, but is it worth taking him despite being in his prime?
It may be worthwhile for Stoke to go for someone with a little more potential who also has the ‘x factor’ and one player who seems to have it is Manchester City’s youngster James McAtee.
At the age of 19, McAtee has dominated the level of City’s development squad for a few years now – 10 goals and six assists in 17 U-18 Premier League matches in 2019-2020 was a start, and then he graduated to under-23 ‘is. last season with great success and ended that campaign with eight goals and nine assists in 23 Premier League 2 matches.
It was perhaps a surprise that City did not seek a loan deal for McAtee this summer, but he is making the U23 league his playground again with 10 goals and two assists already, and he even made his senior debut in the EFL Cup against Wycombe Wanderers.
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Keep an eye on this talent on the blue half of the city. 18 years old. Salford born. Balls. Nice control, vision, skill, good turning of the feet. Left leg. The weight of the passport. He has a bright future ahead of him. I do not know that my eyes are sharp. David Silva vibes. pic.twitter.com/xlDusbHf0v
– Pundit Jay (@pundit_jay) August 20, 2021
McAtee is on the radar of Swansea City according to Wales Online, and if the teenager were to move in January, the style that the Welsh club play under Russell Martin would undoubtedly be an ideal destination for City to send him.
But Stoke are also playing ball on the floor – albeit probably not as expansively as the Swans – and the club’s coaching staff will no doubt be well aware of McAtee’s talents.
This is because Rory Delap is the first team coach and his son Liam has scored goals for City at the youth level recently – they were interested in bringing him to Potters in the summer, but City did not allow him to come out and he has since suffered a bit. . an injury and has not been seen since last month.
But it’s probably not a striker Stoke need, but another offensive midfielder to compliment Powell or perhaps fill in for him when he is unfit, and McAtee would certainly fit the bill.