After another poor display against Wigan on Wednesday, Stoke and Gary Rowett are in serious need of a win against Hull.
The visit of Hull see’s Stoke already in a seemingly must-win game, following an incredibly poor start to the season for The Potters. The poor form from the Premier League has seemingly found its way into the Championship, as Stoke’s so called “Premier League” level players look worryingly out of their depth.
Players such as Ryan Shawcross, Joe Allen and many others, have shown very little in terms of desire, commitment and quality so far this season. A worrying omen, which sees me and many other Stoke fans calling for a majority senior players to be dropped.
Against Wigan as soon as the first goal went in the mentality of the players was a disgrace. The only individual who looked like he wanted to get on the ball was Berahino – A guy who hasn’t scored a goal in two years was the only one willing to get on the ball. Shawcross, in particular, needs to do much more as captain, as soon as it goes wrong he hides and shirks any sort of real responsibility. The younger players need a leader, that at this moment in time certainly isn’t Ryan Shawcross.
Hull will go into this game with every confidence, knowing that if they score the first goal, the atmosphere at the Bet365 Stadium will be toxic.
Stoke predicted XI (4-2-3-1):
GK – Butland
RB – Martina
CB – Shawcross
CB – Souttar
LB – Pieters
CM – Etebo
CM – Allen
RM – Berahino
LM – McClean
ST – Afobe
With the way in which Stoke are playing it makes it incredibly difficult to know what to expect. My hope is that the senior players step up to the mark, showing the manager, fans and pundits that we can still be a serious promotion contender.
I hope to see a lot of changes from the game against Wigan, with the likes of Bojan, Etebo and new boy Ryan Woods starting from the off. With that being said, I can see this one being a score draw.
Stoke City 1-1 Hull City
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