Stoke City recently announced that Moritz Bauer had left the club to join Scottish giants Celtic, on a season-long loan deal.
Bauer only signed for Stoke in January 2018 from Russian side, Rubin Kazan. But he struggled for consistent game time with the Potters.
Bauer took to Instagram following the completion of his move, and expressed his delight at moving to Neil Lennon’s side.
In total, the defender made just eight league appearances for Stoke last season, and it was clear to see that he was unlikely to force his way into Nathan Jones’ side this term.
Bauer’s former Stoke team-mates, Josh Tymon, Said Berahino and Tyrese Campbell responded to Bauer’s move and wished the 27-year-old well for the future.
The Potters have struggled so far in this year’s league campaign, and currently sit bottom of the Championship table, so it’s clear to see that there is pressure on Nathan Jones early on into the season.
Stoke are next in action this weekend when they take on Birmingham City at St Andrew’s, where they’ll be looking to pick up their first win in the league.
This is the best move for both parties involved.
Bauer was unlikely to force his way into the Stoke team this season under Nathan Jones, so they’ve made the right call in moving him on.
I’m unsure as to whether he’ll get the game time he needs out on loan with Celtic, but it’s better for Stoke to bring through the club’s academy players, instead of using Bauer this season.