Stoke City winger Thibaud Verlinden is the subject of serious interest from a number of League One sides, The Stoke Sentinel have reported.
The 20-year-old has made just a single appearance for the Potters this season, coming on as a late substitute in his side’s 3-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic on the 10th August.
As a result, it is thought that Verlinden is open to a move away from Stoke in order to enjoy more game time elsewhere, after missing out on the matchday squad for Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Birmingham City.
It now seems as though that wish could come true for the Belgian, with the latest reports claiming that there is serious interest in the winger from within the third tier, and that there is a good chance that a loan move will happen, although the update does not name any of the sides who could be interested.
There are currently three years remaining on Verlinden’s contract at Stoke, securing his future with the club until the summer of 2022.
This could be a good move for Verlinden.
With game time currently hard to come by at The Potters, it does seem as though a move away from the club in search of more regular opportunities could be beneficial for the winger.
I also think Verlinden’s own decision to look for a move should be admired, given it shows his commitment to getting more first-team football as soon as he can, something which could serve him well in the future.
That being said, with Stoke still struggling going forward this season, I do wonder whether some around the club may view the decision to allow an attacking option such as Verlinden to leave as something of a risk.