Stoke City continue to struggle to make an impact in the Championship this season, with the small matter of in-form Derby County next up for Gary Rowett’s side.
Draw specialists in recent weeks, the Potters need to start taking all three points in matches if they are to reduce the 14 point deficit they have on leaders Norwich City.
Recruitment will be crucial in January, but can Rowett be trusted to strengthen Stoke in the January window?
I wouldn’t trust Gary Rowett with any kind of finances.
He is better suited operating on a small budget, like so many other managers, and when it comes to having a glut of cash to spend, it’s too much – and there is always an expectation at the bigger clubs to spend tonnes to build a squad.
January is crucial for Stoke if they want to iron out their issues and have a play-off push.
But at present, I can’t see that happening, and I can’t see Rowett getting the recruitment right in the New Year.
I wouldn’t trust him with my weekly shopping budget.
Clucas and McClean were bad buys.
I’m not convinced he’ll see the season out.
I would definitely trust him.
In terms of bringing quality personnel in Rowett has proven very capable of bringing in top quality players.
It is on the pitch where he has struggled badly and needs to sort.
I think after the money they spent in the summer, no I wouldn’t.
With the players Stoke have in their armory, to be languishing in 13th place is a disgrace to be quite frank.
Stoke need to think carefully about what they are doing.