By Andy Perry
This season isn’t over yet and already there are stories appearing about may or may not happen at the Bet 365 stadium next term.
One interesting titbit in the red top papers says that Paul Lambert will be paying a visit to newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers to see if he can tempt winger Ben Marshall back to the fold.
It would stem from whether the Potters were relegated and also it would depend on whether Paul Lambert stayed on as manager, but he is Peter Coates choice for doing the job.
The drop would certainly mean that Stoke would be saying goodbye to a number of players and Lambert reportedly sees 28-year-old Marshall as one of the replacements. with his time at Molineux looking to be over. Marshall is currently on loan with Millwall where he has managed to find the net three times in 15 games.
A move would not only see Marshall return to the Potteries, he would once again be working under Lambert’s guidance as he did at Molineux and further back at Ewood Park.
Marshall never got much of a chance at Stoke during his last stay, hopes were high when he arrived as a youngster from Gresty Road but just a short time later he was on the books of Leicester City after making no impact what so ever at Stoke.
As far as stories go, this one might actually have some legs, Marshall fits the bill with Lambert and he obviously has something that he feels that Stoke will be needing if relegation happens, he certainly now has experience.