Stoke want new defensive midfielder, confirms Coates

Date published: Wednesday 18th November 2015 10:53

Charlie Adam and Glenn Whelan: Stoke's first-choice midfield pairing

Charlie Adam and Glenn Whelan: Stoke's first-choice midfield pairing

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates says the club would like to sign another defensive midfielder in the January transfer window.

Stoke signed eight first-team players over the summer, including Marco van Ginkel on loan from Chelsea, but Glenn Whelan remains their only out-and-out defensive midfielder after a deal for Mile Jedinak broke down on deadline day.

Charlie Adam has established himself as Whelan’s regular partner ahead of Van Ginkel, but Coates believes further competition may be required.

“We are not short of players, but we might want extra cover in certain positions,” Coates told The Sentinel.

“A player that springs to mind is Glenn Whelan. If Glenn wasn’t there, that might make things difficult for us because we haven’t got another player like Glenn.

“We’ve only got Glenn as what you might call a proper defensive midfield player.

“We’ve got Charlie (Adam) in there at the moment who’s doing well. I thought he played particularly well in the last game against Chelsea when he showed a lot of discipline, but it’s not his natural home because he’s a more attacking player.”

Despite their desire to strengthen, Coates has warned it is not certain that Stoke will do business in January.

“It’s not easy to find players, or at least the right players to improve you,” he said.

“They don’t just fall off trees, but we are out there looking, both here and abroad. We are looking everywhere.”

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    Mark Holmes
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    Stoke City chairman Peter Coates says the club would like to sign another defensive midfielder in the January transfer window.

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    LAKELAND-POTTER
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    I never really understand why Coates gives this sort of press interview. The club’s general policy seems to be to release as little information as they can on targets or the positions targeted, until quite late in the day. Then every so often Peter decides to break ranks. I’m not always sure if he isn’t just trying to muddy the waters and giving out misinformation! 🙂

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    selbystokie
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    I agree, it is a strange thing for PC to do – or have we a deal already agreed behind the scenes so he feels that he can make such a statement?

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    mudcat
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    Any ideas/wishes as to who would should sign as a defensive midfielder?

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    remember1972
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    Mudcat!!,
    How about a player called Imbula, Ive heard hes ok, Would cost a bit though, a tad more than we paid for our entire ground!!……. Oh well here`s hoping!!
    LOL.

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    selbystokie
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    But, is he really a defensive midfielder? He seemed to push forward a lot on Saturday and seems to be more of a box-to-box players to me – and with a lot of class.

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