Stoke City boss Michael O’Neill has revealed a new left-sided player, centre-back, midfielder and forward his transfer radar this summer.
Stoke City will be determined to strengthen across the board this summer to finally stage a serious push for promotion next season.
The Potters have struggled since dropping back down to the Championship. However, O’Neill is being backed this summer, with four more additions being eyed up after the signings of Aden Flint, Harry Clarke and Josh Laurent.
Speaking with Stoke on Trent Live, the Stoke City boss revealed exactly where he hopes to bolster before the end of the window.
He stated that another left-sided player, a new cenre-back, a fresh option in midfield and a forward are on his shopping list this summer.
“With Alfie Doughty going out we need cover on the left side so we’re obviously looking at that,” O’Neill said.
“We feel with Harry (Souttar)’s injury we are probably going to need another centre-back. Harry’s not going to be fit for the start of the season, we’re realistic with that.
“Also we possibly we need another midfield player as well, we need to manage that and the key area is at the top of the pitch as well.
“If you look at attacking players, we’ve got Jacob, we’ve got Tyrese, who is looking great in the first three days, he’s moving really well. We’ve got Nick Powell who has played up there and D’Margio.”
The Stoke City boss went on to state that they will likely continue to use the loan and free agent markets unless some money comes in from a player departure.
Time to kick on…
With plenty of new faces being eyed and some new additions already in, Stoke City fans will be demanding that this season finally sees an improvement.
The Premier League days seem a long time ago now but there are certainly players capable of lifting the Potters back towards the upper echelons of the Championship table if O’Neill and co can get the best out of them next season.
New additions and the prospect of more arrivals makes for a promising season ahead, so it will be hoped Stoke City can continue their strong start to the window.