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‘You can’t quite put your finger on it’ – The Benik Afobe issue at Stoke City

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Stoke City picked up a valuable three points midweek, with a 2-1 win against Derby County at the bet365 Stadium.

The result took the Potters up to 12th in the Championship, but they are still well short of current leaders Norwich City who they trail by 11 points.

For manager Gary Rowett the pressure is on to see the Potters get in amongst the league leaders, as pre-season they were many pundits’ promotion favourites.

Consistency has certainly been an issue for Rowett, who also seems to be unable to get the best from players like Benik Afobe who is only being used from the substitutes bench.

So is there a problem with loan signing Afobe, or is there a wider issue, at Stoke?

We discuss…..

Gary Hutchinson

It’s not an issue with Afobe, it’s a wider problem.

I think that the manager is the wrong man to be in charge of the club.

He doesn’t get the best out of his players, his team selections are just bizarre and ultimately, he won’t get them promoted.

That isn’t Afobe’s fault alone.

George Harbey

I just think the service isn’t there for him.

Because Stoke have been poor for larger parts this season, confidence is low and players may not dare to take that one more touch.

He’ll turn it around, he’s too good of a player not to.

Jay Taylor

It’s a hard one to discuss – you can’t quite put your finger on it.

One possible reason is the style of play. At Wolves, it was relentless attacking football, and Benik Afobe knew that if he made a run, he would be found.

At Stoke, it is slower, more methodical and when he makes a run, rather than the final ball though, it might go backwards or sideways – and the opening is then gone.

I don’t think Stoke are playing to his strengths and that is showing.


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