With the January transfer window now open, Stoke City midfielder Peter Etebo is closing in on a move to Spanish side Getafe.
Etebo has been an important player for Stoke over the past couple of seasons and has made 45 league appearances for the Potters.
The 24-year-old has found himself in and out of the team this season, though and hasn’t featured for the club since Michael O’Neill took charge at the Bet365 Stadium at the start of November.
He’s now set to join Getafe on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent deal. The transfer is understood to be imminent, with Stoke-On-Trent Live reporting Etebo is just waiting on his visa before the move can be finalised.
In the latest FLW Spotlight, we assess whether Etebo will be missed by Stoke, by taking a closer look at some of his stats for the team in the Championship this season.
Etebo was an important player for Stoke in the Championship during the first half of the season under Nathan Jones, but he hasn’t made an appearance under O’Neill and has only made the bench on two occasions since the latter took charge.
He’s made eight Championship starts for Stoke this season and has also featured three times from the substitutes’ bench, playing a total of 785 minutes in the league in total.
Etebo hasn’t scored for Stoke this season and is yet to provide any assists, so there is obviously room for improvement here, but it’s important to consider that the whole team struggled in the first half of the season under Jones.
He had 18 shots on goal, though and was only able to manage one attempt on target, so there’s no doubt that he needs to improve his accuracy if he is going to start scoring goals for Getafe.
His passing stats make for much better reading though and demonstrate why he was able to establish himself as an important player under Jones during the first part of the campaign.
Etebo has made 303 passes, with a pass accuracy of 90.4%. This particular stat is very impressive, especially in a league as tough as the Championship and it shows that he rarely gives the ball away.
His dribbling stats are also rather good, he’s attempted 41 dribbles and has successfully completed 29 of them. Again this is very impressive and shows that he is very comfortable on the ball.
Etebo has won 92 of his attempted 165 duels, which leaves him with a success rate of 55.8%. This stat, combined with the fact that he’s also made 30 interceptions, show that he works very hard in midfield and that he isn’t afraid to get stuck in.
These stats show that Etebo is a very good midfield player and that he would’ve been more than capable of making an impact for Stoke in the Championship this season.
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It remains to be seen whether the club will miss him and ultimately, it could depend on whether O’Neill is able to sign a good replacement for him during the transfer window.
It’ll be very interesting to see how his departure from the Bet365 Stadium has an impact on the team, as they battle to avoid relegation.
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