Stoke City’s season has lurched from mild promise to mid table obscurity, with a 1-0 defeat at home against West Brom doing little to fire the fans’ imagination.
Gary Rowett’s dismissal saw Luton Town manager Nathan Jones recruited, but he’s bagged just one win in six and has seemingly simply picked up where his predecessor left off. In their 1-0 defeat they looked toothless, offering little in attack despite not playing badly.
They didn’t look a class below their opponents, but while the Baggies hold very real dreams of a trip to Old Trafford next, Stoke City can only hope to go there in the cup. They’ve failed to deliver on their promise and several big money players are not performing.
One came in for particularly criticism last night, with Sam Clucas angering fans with a tepid display in the middle of the park. He was intent on passing sideways and backwards, never looking positive on the ball at all.
That’s exactly the sort of thing that fans notice and seize upon, which is exactly what they did, as you can read below.
Yeah, I remember in the first clucas(who's admittedly been poor) had a simple pass to woods but went to mcclean instead of going backwards
— George Shenton (@George72Shenton) February 9, 2019
Don't know where to start with that game. McClean was useless, Clucas couldn't pass wind and we had 1(?) shot on target to add to out 1 shot on target versus Hull? Why the hell would anyone leave a £12m striker on the bench and bring on a CB up top? So so poor at the moment ????
— StokieUK (@pharbron) February 9, 2019
I’m not a fan of Clucas either. Brings nothing to the team at all. At least we’d have 2 attacking full backs
— Adam (@stokieadam) February 9, 2019
The system would work so much better if we had wing backs. Edwards should be up front before a ball is played and clucas didn't understand the idea of going forward
— Tom Wheeler (@Tom_Wheeler1) February 9, 2019
Is he having a laugh?
We could have played until tomorrow and still not scored. It was no different to Rowett team.
Woeful performance only Edwards and Etebo played well. Clucas was awful. Mclean did nothing. 1 win in 6 from Jones.
— johnsharrock7 (@johnsharrock71) February 9, 2019
Oh def agree; perhaps too late by then. Clucas is shocking.
— Potter Gem (@pottergemz) February 9, 2019
I do agree. He's right. Stop picking clucas and mcclean and ill cut him some slack
— TOM H△LL (@TomHallUK_) February 9, 2019
He showed arrogance and a total lack of humility, and lost the fans with the bojan/delap comments. He actually lacked character.
By the looks of it he also wasted yet more money on the likes of clucas and woods.
— Richard Swancott (@RichSwancott) February 9, 2019