Stoke City Review v West Brom

It was a day to forget for Stoke as Rowett’s side went down 2-1 to West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Another incredibly concerning afternoon for the Potters as they were thoroughly dispatched by an impressive West Brom side. From start to finish West Brom were more dominant, playing the more attacking football and creating the better chances. Playing the ball with a bit of incentive and it was no surprise to see former Stoke target, Dwight Gayle, put the Baggies 1-0 up.

From that point on West Brom didn’t look back, continuing to show more creativity in the final third. Gary Rowett and the rest of the staff must be incredibly concerned with the lack of quality in the entire squad. In the summer Stoke clearly needed a huge clearout, disposing of the older players and buying youthful players full of enthusiasm. However, we still have 37-year-old Peter Crouch up front. A massive concern for Stoke.

A lot has to be said about the substitutions yet again, with our most threatening attacker in Berahino being taken off for a centre midfielder. What makes it even more strange is that the ageing Peter Crouch stayed on despite being completely ineffective.

I’m surprised that Rowett is yet to include more of Bojan, who is known for his creative spark. Our strikers are getting starved of the ball, with Bojan on the pitch he finds space and gets the strikers involved in the game. With the way we’re set up tactically, it’s really tough for the strikers to have any impact on the game.

Despite all of this there was one positive I took from the game. That being the cameo of Ryan Woods, who showed a willingness to get on the ball and not shy away when it got tough. A trait not many of Stoke’s players have shown this season.


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