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‘The right decision in the end’ – Plenty of Stoke City fans react as player departs the club

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Former Stoke City winger James McClean has left the bet365 Stadium to sign a one-year contract at Wigan Athletic, it was confirmed yesterday evening.

The Irishman first joined the Potters during their 2018 summer transfer window spree, arriving in Staffordshire from West Bromwich Albion for a fee of £5m and was tipped to be one of their key players in getting them back to the Premier League.

However, they have struggled to compete for the last three seasons since their relegation from the top flight, finishing in lower midtable positions and underperforming despite the calibre of players they had at their disposal.

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McClean was a regular for Stoke during his first two campaigns at the club, making a combined total of 78 Championship appearances and recording 26 goal contributions in the process, not too much of a shabby total considering the Potters’ decline.

However, he only appeared 24 times in the second tier last season and missed the last month of the campaign after playing through a foot injury on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

Manager Michael O’Neill said he was disappointed to have seen him play for Ireland with this injury – but it remains unknown whether this contributed to his decision to omit the 32-year-old from their pre-season training camp in Northern Ireland.

After being left out and made available for transfer, he looked almost certain to leave the bet365 Stadium and has now secured his move away to former club Wigan Athletic, ending his three-year stay in Staffordshire with less than 12 months remaining on his previous deal.

With this, we take a look at how many Stoke City fans have reacted to his departure on Twitter.


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