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“Couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo” – Stoke City fan pundit reveals Potters flop of the season

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Stoke City have not had the season many were expecting from them under Michael O’Neill.

The Potters have failed to really challenge for a play-off place, with the Championship side now 12th in the table.

There have been many disappointing aspects for the team and the fans.

FLW’s Stoke fan pundit Ben Rowley has declared Sam Surridge as the side’s flop of the season.

The forward arrived in the summer from Bournemouth, with plenty of expectation for how he could help the team improve.

But, despite a good start, Rowley believes his overall season has been quite disappointing and it is significant that he was sent on loan to Nottingham Forest.

“If you’re not counting injuries, I’m going to say Sam Surridge,” Rowley told Football League World.

“He signed for a couple million quid and he started reasonably well, scoring a couple of goals in his first couple of games.

“But then he couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo.

“He was missing goals with his right foot, left foot, header.

“From two yards out, three yards out. Glorious chances.

“He was getting himself sent off, he wasn’t leading the line very well and he slowly fell out of Michael O’Neill’s plans.

“Now he’s at Forest, they seem to be relatively happy with him, but for Stoke he was just a striker that never, ever came to the fore when we really needed him to.”

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Surridge made 20 league appearances for the Potters before moving on loan to Forest in January.

But only six of those came in the starting 11.

The forward scored two league goals, a tally he has already doubled from 13 games for Steve Cooper’s side.

The Verdict

Surridge really didn’t live up to expectations and a loan move after only six months in the team is indicative of that.

But his performances for Forest have shown that perhaps it wasn’t the forward that was the problem.

Stoke have suffered with goal scoring problems all season, so perhaps a change in plans is needed from O’Neill to turn things around next campaign.

It remains to be seen if Surridge will be given another chance with the team, but his performances for Forest show he is capable of playing well at this level.


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