After going four league games unbeaten, Stoke City look to be back on track in the Championship, after a very disappointing season thus far.
The Potters sit 14th in the Championship standings, just six points off the play-off places – in a division where one win separates ten teams, any early season form can soon be erased with a couple of wins.
After a short international break, Gary Rowett will be hoping to continue their impressive run with a home fixture against an in-form QPR side, so it really is make or break for the Staffordshire side.
His side should be doing much better, they kept the core of a very good squad that was relegated from the Premier League, and spent money in the summer as well, not least on Ryan Woods, James McClean and Sam Clucas – expectations remain high from Stoke fans, and rightfully so.
The likes of Benik Afobe have failed to live up to expectations – the 25-year old has netted just five times in nineteen appearances this term since his £15million move from Wolves.
With Peter Crouch as their only real, out-and-out striker as backup, then perhaps the addition of another forward wouldn’t go amiss in January – an important move that Stoke need to take if they are to get promoted.
One player who could be of much use to Stoke, is Norwich City’s Nelson Oliveira. whose future with the Canaries is up in arms having failed to make a single appearance for the club this season.
His fall-out with Daniel Farke has been well documented over the last year or so, and it’s very likely that he’ll be available at a cut-price in winter.
Having netted 20 times in 42 starts for the Canaries, the 27-year old is a clinical goalscorer on his day, and is bound to be hungry to prove a point if he is to depart Carrow Road in January.
He possesses a real physical prowess, pace and fight up front, and Rowett should definitely look to sign him in January…