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Stoke fans debate: Crouch or Jones? Cash in on Begovich? Adam signing a mistake?

By Jonny Abrams

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Britannia Stadium
Britannia… Faithful (Img: State22)

Stoke City won 1-0 at high-flying West Bromwich Albion to record their third consecutive Premier League victory, so Football Burp loitered around online Potters joint The Oatcake eavesdropping in on what that particular subsection of the Britannia faithful had to say about the club’s continuing development under Tony Pulis.

Such issues were raised as Pulis’s decision to start Kenwyne Jones ahead of Peter Crouch at the Hawthorns, whether he should cash in on in-form goalkeeper Asmir Begovich, and the contrasting fortunes of new midfield duo Charlie Adam and Steven N’Zonzi…

Kenwyne Jones starting ahead of Peter Crouch

northstokie…

No away wins in 16, KJ starts and the rest is history.

There is no way we’d have won today with Crouch given how deep we were for so long in the game. Pace, power and movement = 3 points, especially away from home

march4…

KJ has to start the next few games. KJ’s movement up front showed us exactly what we have been missing since Crouch joined.

Crouch can go to QPR asap.

padders01…

Bit disappointed with didn’t get Benteke in the summer

He would be PERFECT for Pulisball

Bagwash…

Have said it numerous times before,Kenwyne is the most frustrating player in the Prem,he has got everything in his locker but his attitude is questionable.Got to give him a run in the team.

Zero…

Eh, we’ve done well against Chelsea and the like away already this season, with Crouch starting, so I’m not sure that this is the decisive factor. It just seems like the rest of the team, from the midfield onwards, are getting more used to scoring goals, which seems to be what Pulis is intending this year.

lucas213…

Not against Crouch at all but Kenwyne deserves a chance and in my opinion he took it today he had decent movement was chasing down alot more than were used to seeing and was vital in the closing minutes.

I have no doubt though Crouch will start the next game which will be very unfair on KJ

french toast…

we have got a decent set of strikers, why the f*** do we have to sell one?

crouch is a great player as is jones

sheikhmomo…

We won because of an outstanding defensive display. nothing more, nothing less.

bigtimepete…

i’m feeling a bit sorry for crouchy. he’s a good player with a great attitude and he has never let us down.

but if we are going to persist with one man up front, and we most certainly will, then i’m afraid Jones is far more suited to playing the lone striker role.

it has been terrible watching us when playing crouch up front on his own. Jones has to start from now on

Asmir Begovich linked with Manchester United and Liverpool

davejohnno1…

If we had to sacrifice any of our players in an attempt to fund further development of the starting 11, then Begovic would be the one for me.

He really is playing superbly this season and seems to have improved massively in all aspects of his game from last season, but he is the one to cash in on if necessary.

He should command a big fee (10-15m) and given that he would probably jump ship at the first opportunity, he would be a nice sacrifice to make.

Tommy is a brilliant goalkeeper in his own right and we wouldn’t have to worry were Tommy to replace Asmir. Compare that with the thought of Upson replacing either Huth or Shawcross.

I could see a scenario where Asmir is sold for 12m and we go out and pay 15m for someone like Darren Bent, with Asmir funding the majority of our record breaking swoop.

scfc75…

Begovic, Huth, Shawcross and N’Zonzi would be the 4 I would fight tooth and nail to keep.

Charlie Adam’s contribution

funkyphantom…

Stupid, niggley little fouls and getting caught in posession Pulis must be doing his nut!

FullerMagic…

His niggly fouls have been his best (and only) contributions so far.

Dreadful again.

Premiership Potter…

The Hollywood passes are starting to piss me off. Complete waste of possession. It’s not like Walters is going to do anything with it, even if the Hollywood pass reaches him.

CrazyPotter…

Off the pace. Get’s sucked into stupid fouls. Very poor passing.

Poor. Get JW up there with Jones and bring Kites on.

ivan36drago…

He is massively overrated. Booked now so suspended thank god!!!

northstokie…

Wasted where he is and clearly frustrated, becoming a liability

Premiership Potter…

Unfamiliar position or not, his performance today was wank. Even when he dropped deeper into what is his best position, he still gave the ball away.

alexk…

Can’t run, tackle, pass or shoot. Hopeless.

jarhead…

He’s out of position end of thread.

Did he play as a 2nd striker when he outclassed the whelans,whiteheads when Blackpool played us off the park at the Brit 2 seasons ago….NO!!!

So folks you are all saying he’s wank but why BUY HIM THEN????????

Another shocking waste of money from Pulis but lets ignore that or play him deep sitting and dictating play because THAT IS HIS GAME!

When has anyone seen him chasing full-backs down harassing in the headless chicken role???

wuzza…

Fair point jarhead – I dont think it was ever a great idea to buy him.

(he was shocking for Liverpool against us I remember – Blackpool is a bit dim and distant past)

Steven N’Zonzi’s contribution

ravey123…

we are going to struggle keeping hold of this guy

march4…

10/10

I was so mesmerised by his performance, I’m afraid I didn’t really notice anyone else.

What a player!!

ruts66…

an epic performance of Vieira proportions.

If we could get him forward just a teensy bit more he’d be our Yaya Toure.

Got to be worth £10-15m minimum…

RAF…

Man of the Match again

How do you feel about the way the team’s going at the moment, Stoke fans? Have your say in the comments section below…