Following reports in Poland touting such a move, Blackburn Rovers boss Owen Coyle has told the Lancashire Telegraph that striker Anthony Stokes is not set to leave the club. Polish media stated that Jagiellonia could be about to make their move for the former Celtic forward.
Clubs in Poland have another 13 days remaining in their transfer window, and speculation that Stokes could be set to make a move appeared over the last week. With Stokes finding it increasingly difficult to break into the starting eleven, or even the bench, at Ewood Park in recent times, it isn’t a big shock to hear of a rumoured move away.
The 28-year-old joined over the summer but has only made ten first-team appearances since then. He last started a game in August. He started the season brightly, scoring three goals in his first two games, but he is now well down the pecking order after the likes of Marvin Emnes and Lucas Joao joined David Graham and Sam Gallagher in the striking department. Nevertheless, Stokes is not about to leave according to Coyle,
“I can only imagine it’s speculation.
“There’s certainly been no dialogue with anyone regarding Anthony going to Poland or otherwise.”
It has certainly been a tough time for Stokes both on and off the field. In recent seasons he has been amongst the goals, mainly from his time at Hibernian, where he was also linked with a move to recently. He faces a big task to win back his place in the time and to fight his way back into the plans of Coyle. With the club in the relegation places at present, perhaps bringing Stokes back into the fold wouldn’t be such a bad move.