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Shotton, Not On?

Shotton, Not On?

Speculation had been rife for some time that Stoke defender, Ryan Shotton could be on his way to Turf Moor with the club then also later confirming their interest

He was linked with a permanent move during the transfer window but that never happened so attention moved to a possible move when the loan window opened recently.

The hope was that the signing would be completed in time for the game against Middlesbrough at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Like everything else it seems this summer, it was once again a tale of frustration with no new faces on show in the back four.

The defence were pummeled on Saturday against a rampant Boro attack and that shocker of a defeat clearly highlighted too the urgency of strengthening the back four as soon as possible

Most Clarets fans recently though have been resigned to losing out on Ryan Shotton. He clearly seems to be in Stoke's plans for this season having also recently been named in their 25 man Premier League squad.

The 22 year old has played recently in both Stoke's Premier League and Europa Cup campaigns and was also on the bench for Saturday's game against Liverpool. He was an unused sub in their 1-0 home win.

Couple that with the fact he is also the long throw expert stand-in for Rory Delap, you would have to question why on earth Tony Pulis would want to release him.

Eddie Howe speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph also seems to be admitting he may have to look elsewhere to plug the gaps in our defence:

'We`re still in the hunt for a couple, but there will come a time when we`re going to have to look elsewhere,"

"I`m still trying (to bring players in), absolutely. I think we need to.

"But as we`ve said all along it`s proving quite difficult."

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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Monday September 12 2011
Time: 9:05AM

Comments

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Just don't understand why this is dragging on and on! Surely Pulis knows whether he wants Shotton to stay or not by now. It is a bit worrying, we seem to be struggling even to sort out loans with the Championship campaign already underway and the team clearly struggling fifth from bottom [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
12/09/2011 09:15:00
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Just don't understand why this is dragging on and on! Surely Pulis knows whether he wants Shotton to stay or not by now. It is a bit worrying, we seem to be struggling even to sort out loans with the Championship campaign already underway and the team clearly struggling fifth from bottom [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
12/09/2011 09:15:00
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Think the problem is Shotton wants away for first team football not just Carling cup games, Pulis wants him as backup which i understand. BFC and EH are being told two different stories one from his agent saying he wants to come to the Club, and on the other hand Stoke are saying he part of there plans. Thats how i see it reading between the lines could be time to move on and get some bodies in to improve the team.
Fedupclaret
12/09/2011 10:21:00
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Think the problem is Shotton wants away for first team football not just Carling cup games, Pulis wants him as backup which i understand. BFC and EH are being told two different stories one from his agent saying he wants to come to the Club, and on the other hand Stoke are saying he part of there plans. Thats how i see it reading between the lines could be time to move on and get some bodies in to improve the team.
Fedupclaret
12/09/2011 10:21:00
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Yep,you make a good point there, Fedup! What is clear after Boro, is that we need to move fast something we don't seem to have been good at all summer!
turfmanphil
12/09/2011 10:30:00
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Yep,you make a good point there, Fedup! What is clear after Boro, is that we need to move fast something we don't seem to have been good at all summer!
turfmanphil
12/09/2011 10:30:00
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If he was coming, he'd be here by now and all the time we wait, we slip lower and lower,making us a less appealing prospect for any potential signings. We've got to look elsewhere and quick. What I also want to see coming in, is some real steel in the middle, a wise head that can boss proceedings.
marjory blenkinsop
12/09/2011 10:31:00
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If he was coming, he'd be here by now and all the time we wait, we slip lower and lower,making us a less appealing prospect for any potential signings. We've got to look elsewhere and quick. What I also want to see coming in, is some real steel in the middle, a wise head that can boss proceedings.
marjory blenkinsop
12/09/2011 10:31:00
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Agree MB. There was some talk we had some contingencies lined-up if we couldn't get Shotton. Craig Dawson, loan from West Brom was one.Let's see what happens before Posh game I suppose. Nobody in by then will surely set the alarm bells off though
turfmanphil
12/09/2011 10:42:00
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Agree MB. There was some talk we had some contingencies lined-up if we couldn't get Shotton. Craig Dawson, loan from West Brom was one.Let's see what happens before Posh game I suppose. Nobody in by then will surely set the alarm bells off though
turfmanphil
12/09/2011 10:42:00
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