Stoke City are closing in on the signing of West Brom midfielder Romaine Sawyers, as reported by John Percy of The Telegraph on Twitter.
The Potters have added five players to the existing squad this summer, bringing in the 21-year-old pair of Leo Ostigard and Ben Wilmot, Mario Vrancic, Sam Surridge, and Jack Bonham, in what has been a strong window thus far.
Michael O’Neill’s side sit in fifth place after picking up two wins and a draw in their opening three games and will be hoping to secure a place in the top six come May.
The Staffordshire club have struggled to mount a serious play-off push over the last couple of seasons, placing a lot of emphasis and expectation onto the season.
With Romaine Sawyers near to completing a deal at Stoke City, we take a look at one possible winner and one possible loser…
One winner – Nick Powell
Nick Powell has become a very important player at Stoke over the last few years.
His ability to make things happen in the final third, coupled with his strong running whilst in possession, makes him an exciting player in Stoke colours.
If Sawyers comes in, then Powell is likely to have a role in a more advanced position with increased freedom.
The West Brom man is an athletic and intelligent operator in a more defensive position within the midfield, and that can only benefit the attack-minded Powell, and the rest of his teammates ahead of him, as he has proved to link up well with his forwards.
One loser – Joe Allen
Joe Allen has become an excellent servant at Stoke City football club, but Sawyers is an excellent player at Championship level and possesses all the necessary attributes to thrive as a holding midfield player.
Sawyer’s ability to read the game and his desire to win possession back will make him a great choice in Allen’s current role.
Sawyers also possesses a great range of passing, with his technical ability being another major positive in his game.
There is no doubt that Allen can still impress at second-tier level, but the arrival of Sawyers would be an addition that furthers their top-six ambitions.