The Stoke fans in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to the news coming out of their club that manager Paul Lambert has told Dutch midfielder, Ibrahim Afellay to stay away from Stoke’s Clayton Woods training complex. According to Sky Sports, the Scottish manager thinks Afellay is a bad influence on the squad and claims his behaviour in training has been “poor and disruptive.”
Afellay has only made six appearances for the Potters this season with his last game coming as a starter at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea dismantled Stoke 5-0 in late December. The midfielder’s other five appearances have all been from the bench. The club has conceded an incredible 24 goals in Afellay’s six appearances this season and it’s unlikely that the midfielder will play another game for Stoke after Lambert has made it clear on his stance with the 31-year-old.
Lambert was appointed as Stoke boss in mid-January with the club in the relegation zone and so far has done little to remedy that. Stoke have only managed six goals in Lambert’s eight Premier League games in charge, despite winning his first match 2-0 against Huddersfield. The Britannia faithful sit three points adrift of safety and look like they’ll be right in the relegation mix until the end of the season unless they can get some wins under their belt in the coming weeks.
You can read out resident Potters’ verdict on Afellay here:
Saw him playing for PSV against Milan over a decade ago and looked like he was destined for the top. What a fall from grace
— Satjinder (@SatjinderS) March 29, 2018
I can't believe he is a former Barcelona player
— Blessing Pheal (@BlessingBC98) March 29, 2018
When you play a midfield 3 of Charlie Adam Joe Allen and Darren Fletcher and you say this to a Former Barcelona Midfielder….. Stoke are going places …
— CraigColla (@craigcolla) 29 March 2018
A sad fall from grace for such a promising talent
— Jay Campion (@juniorcampion) 29 March 2018
— Cris Has The Funk (@Crishasthefunk) March 29, 2018