Stoke City defender Tom Edwards would be wanting to make a return to the Potters’ squad once his loan spell with New York Red Bulls comes to an end following the end of the MLS campaign, according to the Stoke Sentinel.
Edwards was allowed to leave Stoke on a loan deal to New York Red Bulls by Michael O’Neill with the right-back having fallen down the pecking order and behind Tommy Smith.
During his loan spell with New York Red Bulls in the MLS, Edwards has managed to get his career back on track and he has been able to emerge as a strong performer for his loan club. In total, the 22-year-old has managed to average 1.1 key passes, create seven big chances and register two assists in his 27 MLS appearances in 2021.
That form has seen Edwards earn the praise of New York Red Bulls manager Gerhardt Struber and seen him play a key role in helping his side qualify for the end-of-season play-offs in the MLS.
Stoke could be in need of bringing Edwards back into their squad for the second half of the season because Demeaco Duhaney’s short-term deal is set to expire in January. That would leave the Potters short on cover in the right-back position.
According to the latest report from the Stoke Sentinel, Edwards would be keen to make a return to Stoke’s squad following the end of his loan spell with New York Red Bulls. It seems it will therefore be down to whether O’Neill wants to reintroduce him back into the fold.
It seems like a bit of a no-brainer for Stoke to bring Edwards back into their squad considering that he has been a strong performer during his loan spell in the MLS. He has more than earned a chance to impress O’Neill once again and deserves a lot of credit for the way he has improved his game during his time away.
Stoke are short on right-back options and Edwards would be much better backup than their existing options. While he is also still only 22-years-old so there is still a lot of room left for him to develop. It would be a major potential oversight by the Potters not to put him back into their squad.
This is therefore something that we could well see happen in January, but for now Edwards will be hoping that he can end his loan spell with New York Red Bulls in style by helping them achieve success in then MLS play-offs.
That would only help to enhance his confidence were he to return to Stoke for the second half of the campaign, and it seems they would be getting a much different player back to the one that left.