Stoke City supporters have been significantly more upbeat in recent times after seeing their side pick up a second successive Championship victory at the weekend.
Gary Rowett’s men went into their clash with Norwich City at Carrow Road off the back of easing past Bolton Wanderers 2-0 just a few days earlier, and thus seeking back-to-back league successes for the first time this term. And they did just that in Norfolk on Saturday as a Timm Klose own goal ten minutes before half time was enough to secure a 1-0 success for the Potters, thus moving them up to 14th place in the Championship table.
As such, there have been many thrilled Stoke fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are hoping for even greater improvement from their side following their reasonably busy summer window.
And while the Staffordshire-based outfit were praised by many for the business they conducted during the close season, the same cannot be said for one particular deal they sanctioned back in 2015, when they let centre back Robert Huth join Leicester City for £3.78 million (as per Transfermarkt).
And not only did they go on to make a £2.52 million loss on the defender, having bought him from Middlesbrough for £6.3 million (as per Transfermarkt) back in 2009, but the former Germany international then went on to help the Foxes win the Premier League title in his first season at the club, thus making the Potters look very silly indeed.
Ultimately, the 34-year-old made the move to the bet365 Stadium back in 2009 following Middlesbrough’s relegation to the Championship, and he went on to be a regular feature in the Stoke team in his first four seasons at the club, earning at least 32 Premier League appearances in those four years.
Yet Huth fell down the pecking order following the appointment of Mark Hughes as manager in the summer of 2013, eventually going on to feature just 12 times in the league that season, and just once the season after before securing a loan move to Leicester in the second half of the 2014/15 campaign.
And the Foxes were so impressed with the defender that they made his move permanent that summer, which has since made Stoke look very silly indeed given Huth then played a vital part in their incredible run to the Premier League title in 2015/16.
The 34-year-old struck up a sensational partnership with Wes Morgan in the heart of the Foxes backline to help Claudio Ranieri’s men win the title by ten points of second place Arsenal, winning 23 of their 38 league games, losing on just three occasions.
Thus, it was pretty clear that Huth could still produce the goods at the highest level – the same season, Stoke recorded a ninth place finish, losing 12 more games than Leicester, and conceding 19 more goals than Huth’s Foxes.
So while Hughes may have felt that his team were better off without Huth in the heart of his backline, perhaps wary that the 34-year-old maybe wasn’t the best on the ball, the Potters were made to look very silly by letting him go in the summer of 2015.
And making a £2.52 million loss on the defender only added further insult to injury.
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