January could be a crucial month for Stoke City as they look to bring in players to help the side close the gap on the top six.
The pre-season favourites have disappointed, although they have shown signs recently that things are picking up.
Nevertheless, boss Gary Rowett will have identified several weaknesses that need addressing in the New Year, with adding more creativity a priority.
One man who could solve that problem is Marcus Browne and Football Insider claim that the Potters are one of several Championship clubs chasing the West Ham man who is currently on loan at Oxford.
The 20-year-old has scored five league goals in League One and has impressed with his overall ability.
But, would he be a good signing for Stoke?
Our writers take a look…
Why does Rowett want to bring in a player like Browne?
There’s an insistence to not play with a No.10 at Stoke and Browne wouldn’t excel in their system.
Stoke’s focus should be elsewhere.
They should steer clear of this one.
There’s no doubting that Browne has a bright future ahead of him, but he wouldn’t be seeing enough game time at
He would just be a wasted prospect that would be rotting on the bench with Gary Rowett’s side.
They certainly need an injection of life in attack.
Tom Ince has started to shine in recent weeks but he is often alone in terms of creative spark.
Browne may not be a flashy name, but he could be just what is needed.