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Stoke City may have missed a trick failing to sign Nahki Wells this summer

Stoke City may have missed a trick failing to sign Nahki Wells this summer

Stoke City supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been very quiet in recent times after seeing their side make a woeful start to the new Championship season.

Gary Rowett’s men were tipped by many during the summer to challenge for an immediate return back to the Premier League, but their start suggests that they have plenty of work to do to make that a reality. The Potters have yet to taste victory in four matches at second tier level having drawn against Brentford and Preston North End and lost to Leeds United and Wigan Athletic, suffering a 3-0 defeat at home to the latter on Wednesday night to seriously frustrate Stoke supporters.

As such, there have been many disappointed Potters fans up and down the country at present, several of whom have been calling for further reinforcements in recent times in a bid to get their season going.

But one man who won’t be making the move to the bet365 Stadium is striker Nahki Wells, who has recently joined fellow second tier side Queens Park Rangers, in what could end up being a trick missed by Rowett’s Stoke.

Ultimately, the Potters have been pretty shrewd during the transfer window in bringing in quality Championship players who have much experience and have produced the goods at second tier level, what with the likes of Adam Federici, Tom Ince, and Benik Afobe moving to the Staffordshire-based club.

Add those to the likes of Jack Butland and Ryan Shawcross, to name but a few, and Rowett has a very strong squad at his disposal, but with just four goals in their opening four games, one wonders whether further fire-power was needed during the transfer window.

And that is why they may have missed a trick in not going after Burnley striker Wells, whose record at Championship level is very impressive.

The 28-year-old has scored 45 goals in just 144 appearances in the second tier during his career, netting at least seven goals in each of his four seasons at that level, with his last three campaigns seeing him reach double figures.

And in helping Huddersfield Town win promotion to the top-flight only last year, the former Bradford City forward also possesses the know-how in getting the job done in the Championship – the sort of know-how that can hugely benefit a side eyeing up promotion.

Yet it is Steve McClaren’s rock-bottom QPR, who have yet to pick up a point so far this term, who have secured the services of the prolific Wells, but given their lowly position and likely relegation battle, it’s not unreasonable to suggest that he may well have been tempted by a move to Stoke.

As such, especially given their poor start to the campaign, the Staffordshire-based outfit may well have missed a trick failing to land the £4.05 million-rated striking star (as per Transfermarkt) this summer.

Stoke fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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