Stoke City manager Gary Rowett is in the market to sign Tom Huddlestone on loan from Championship rivals Derby County, according to the Daily Mail.
Rams boss Frank Lampard is considering allowing Stoke to sign the 31-year-old midfielder, who is concerned over his first-team prospects at Derby.
Huddlestone hasn’t featured for Derby at all this season, with other options preferred in midfield.
So would Huddlestone be a good signing for Stoke?
Yes and no.
Huddlestone is experienced and still has plenty to offer and for 90% of Championship teams he’d be a decent signing.
Then you look at Stoke’s midfield and ask why they want him.
Their issues aren’t with ball retention or distribution in the middle third, it’s behind and in front of that they need to strengthen.
Huddlestone’s experience and quality at Championship level would be highly beneficial to this Stoke team.
Stoke have many good players but few have spent much time in the second tier and this is something Huddlestone can offer.
The former England international provides an aerial presence in the middle of the park, protection for the back four and the ability to hit a range of passes and get the ball moving forward.
Plus, the 31-year-old has worked with Gary Rowett last year and knows that he is a major part of the Stoke boss’ plans if he joins.
He’d be a great signing.
I’d be shocked if Derby let him go especially to potential promotion rivals.
He’s a fine player that can help control games and the Rams surely know this.