Michael O’Neill has admitted that Stoke City will be in the market for a new wide player next month, with the January transfer window fast approaching.
The former Northern Ireland boss is likely to be a busy man next month as he looks to bolster his squad with fresh faces in their bid for Championship survival.
The likes of James McClean and Stephen Ward have both recently picked up injuries, leaving Tom Ince as the club’s only natural wide player at present.
But speaking to the Stoke Sentinel, O’Neill has admitted that Stoke will be in the market for a new wide player in January, saying: “Certainly I think we need to look at where we can add to the squad, add quality particularly in wide areas to give us options there.”
These claims are likely to be of interest to Thibaud Verlinden, who has enjoyed a hugely impressive loan spell out at Bolton Wanderers thus far this season.
The 20-year-old has scored twice and set up one goal for Keith Hill’s side this season, as Wanderers look to miraculously escape the drop to League Two.
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The winger’s deal at the University of Bolton Stadium is set to expire on the fifth of January, and it remains to be seen of a fresh deal can be negotiated or whether O’Neill will look to use him himself.
Here, we take a look at what Stoke fans think O’Neill should do on the Stoke City Sentinel Facebook page…
Alan Brenton: Obviously a tougher league but anyone who’s bossing L1 shouldn’t be out of their depth with us! Or we could let his contract run down and sell him for a fiver
Nick Zwetschnikow: No we’ll wreck his confidence, leave him at Bolton and start him next season…
Lindsey Young: Get him back and in the team. He will take on his full back and cross. Still needs to learn so be patient. He is hungry and has talent.
Milan Djukic: I think the answer to that is yes we desperately need him in the squad
Matthew Smith: Yes he should be able to play in the championship while he still can.
Steven Hubbard: Should never have gone in the first place. Best winger we have at the club.
Denis Murphy: Normally, you would say leave the lad out on loan to develop. But these are not normal times and we don’t have a left sided winger who can run.