It was being reported the other day that Stoke City manager Gary Rowett had now met with all the players again following his arrival at the club and made some additional decisions on certain people’s futures.
Joe.co.uk quoted our manager as saying prior to the 1-1 draw with Brentford last weekend.
“We are six or seven weeks in now and we still have players here who will maybe move on. Most players who I have had a conversation with know where they stand within the group. I just want to focus on the team I have now. In terms of who goes out, I, of course, have the final say, but I will leave the logistics of doing that to other people.”
Rowett went on to clarify that the aim was to let people leave only if it suited us on a financial front and we left ourselves covered further down the line as he nods to no emergency loan window again this season following previous changes to the rules that came in the other year.
“I am sure there will be players who are keen to leave and seek a fresh start – that is how football operates.”
No great surprises in his words and as he points out himself, football is ever changing and a new manager coming in inevitably leads to moves over time, but on a protect ourselves down the line angle, with the permanent transfer window closing but the loan window remaining open until the end of the year, we can look to loan people out until January and both parties can reassess then if necessary, so there are options. The permanent window remains for some moves abroad as well.
His words, of course, have made people read into who is the more likely to go given what we’ve seen so far this year, and the hot favourites for being told their time is up are Charlie Adam, Eric-Maxim Choup-Moting, Giannelli Imbula and Geoff Cameron.
There are rumours some of them, if not all, are training away from the senior squad already – so we’ll have to see what the rest of the month brings.