Date: 28th August 2018 at 6:02pm
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It doesn’t come as a great surprise really if you’ve been paying any attention to the rumour mill this summer, but within the last hour Stoke City have confirmed that midfielder Badou Ndiaye has packed his bags and re-joined Turkish side Galatasaray.

The 27-year-old returns to his former side on a season-long loan deal and plenty are hoping it includes a forced option to buy.

He joined us from them back on deadline day in the January transfer window for a reported £14million and he made a total of 14 appearances, with the return of two goals as we suffered relegation. He made an appearance against Leeds United as we opened our Championship campaign in 2018/19 but he hasn’t featured since for manager Gary Rowett.

I don’t believe it was a massive secret he didn’t want to play in the second tier, he came for the Premier League lights and rewards – and that’s fine, he’s not a fan – and few in his position suffering relegation plus managerial changes would stick around if an option presents itself, so I have no blame there.

As the sample of social media responses above demonstrate, others aren’t quite as forgiving but undoubtedly we didn’t see the best of him whilst he was adjusting and that wouldn’t have helped the performances we did see given the panic stations around the club.

Probably no great loss though given our recent strengthening and the potential they carry.

 

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