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Will Pennant (Drink) Drive Stoke to Success?

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for, folks: Jermaine Pennant is back in the Premier League. The player who once promised so much when signed as a teenager by Arsene Wenger signed for Stoke some nine days ago, on the last day of the transfer window. And he’s already come out and said that he wants to make his switch back to the Premiership a permanent one.

Pennant shouldn’t get ahead of himself, though. It’s his own indiscipline that means he didn’t become a quality player in the first place, and he’ll have to work hard in order to impress Tony Pulis. It’s difficult to see Pennant, as a speedy winger, fitting into Stoke’s style of play really. But having a proper right winger certainly gives Stoke another option, and the prospect of Etherington and Pennant on the flanks is potentially troubling for some of the Premiership’s slower full-backs. The signing still reeks of last-minute squad-building, however, and I can’t see Pennant winding up as a hugely successful signing for Stoke.

Pennant, who failed to fit into the set-up at Real Zaragoza last season, said:

“I’ve missed the Premier League. I’ve also missed having a team meet and understanding the instructions I’m getting. I’m just going to play the best I can and see what happens. My first mission is to help Stoke climb the table. If in January I can get a permanent move, great. The gaffer said he’s hoping for a top ten finish. He believes it and we believe it too.”

If he wants this January move, he’s gonna have to cut out some of his old habits. Like turning up late to training and drink-driving. Remember him wearing an electronic tag when playing for Birmingham? No more of that, eh, Jermaine.

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