This article is part of Football League World’s ‘What does the future hold?’ series, this content strand is where we evaluate and subjectively debate a player’s future at their current club…
Coming through initially as a promising young midfielder at Charlton Athletic, a lot was expected of Jordan Cousins during his younger years as a professional footballer, with the deep-lying playmaker winning the League One Apprentice of the Year Award in 2012.
After playing over 130 games for boyhood club, Cousins then made the move across London to join up with Queens Park Rangers in a bid to take his career to the next level after the Addicks were relegated to League One.
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The 26-year-old’s time in West London got off to a slow start after numerous injuries took their toll on his body during his first season at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, with the central midfield player only appearing in 21 games for the R’s.
A few more uneventful campaigns passed for Cousins before he was released by the Championship club in the summer of 2019, with the player then going on to join Stoke City this term.
Having played under the then Stoke City boss Nathan Jones during his academy days at Charlton, a lot was expected of Cousins when he arrived at the Bet365 Stadium, however it is fair to say he has endured another tough period so far.
Having started just 10 times for the Potters this term, Cousins is firmly out of favour under the club’s current manager Michael O’Neill, with the Northern Irishman having replaced Jones back in November of last year.
With the likes of Joe Allen and Sam Clucas in front of him for the pecking order for the central midfield berths, Cousins faces an uncertain future at the Stoke-on-Trent club as he enters the final year of his contract with the club.
Having also failed to impress when handed a rare opportunity this term, the midfielder could well be one of the chief victims of what is likely to be an end of season cull at the club as O’Neill seeks to reshape his squad ahead of a probable promotion push ahead of the upcoming 2020/2021 campaign.
In short, this summer could be make or break for the player’s career if things don’t change quickly for the 26-year-old at the Stoke-on-Trent club.