Our resident Stoke City fans aren’t very optimistic ahead of the new season.
The Potters have added the promising Kurt Zouma from Chelsea, for a season at least and their defensive issues are looking up, but the supporters are concerned about their lack of spark in midfield.
Glenn Whelan has departed for Burnley and Mark Hughes has welcomed Darren Fletcher to the Bet365 Stadium – not quite the type of player Stoke fans were craving this summer.
It appears Stoke are unwilling to splash the cash, but one player who the Welshman could snatch for a cut-price is Tottenham flop Moussa Sissoko.
Spurs are keen to offload him this summer after a disastrous year in North London, whilst the player himself is desperate to secure a move away.
Less than a year ago, Mauricio Pochettino’s side paid £30m for the Frenchman who was outstanding for his national side in the Euro’s.
Sissoko, 27, has undying talent. His gallivanting runs are comparable with Yaya Toure, but his decision making and end product can be likened to Middlesborough’s Adama Traore – unfortunately, it’s not improved during his spell at Tottenham.
The versatile midfielder is competent and perhaps more suited to playing in a disciplined central role and that’s where Mark Hughes should deploy him. Sissoko has had his best times at Newcastle in the heart of the midfield, where he picked up seven assists in 2015/16.
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