Mark Hughes is closing in on left-back Josh Tymon to help bolster his defensive options. Tymon hasn’t yet signed a pro contract with his home-town club despite playing twelve games last year.
Tymon has played for England’s U-18’s. He was part of the side which won the Toulon International Tournament. The full-back would be rivalling Erik Pieters for a place in the first-team.
Tymon has been with Hull since he was twelve. He scored his first goal for the club against Swansea in the Fa Cup. He played five games in the Premier League for Hull but the Tigers eventually went down.
It’s being reported that The Potters are willing to go to a tribunal to sign the youngster. Mark Hughes is under alot of pressure from fans after a below par season. The former Man City boss stated that he would “sign young players” For the upcoming season.
In my opinion, Tymon would be a good signing for the future. There is no way an 18-year-old can be a leading defender in the Premier League however, he’s got talent so he may prove to be a handy player for the future. Furthermore, Tymon is wanted by alot of other clubs so if Stoke can secure the services of Tymon then it would show that The Potters really mean business. But maybe a move to Liverpool would be more beneficial for the player as he would get to work with better players and he would probably be able to work with better facilities there. It would be a risk signing him but it could be a risk that pays off.
So far Hughes has brought in 33-year-old Darren Fletcher from West Brom. Due to Fletcher coming in it looks like Glenn Whelan will go to Aston Villa while Charlie Adam may also be on the out. It’s also being reported that Marc Muniesa is on his way out with Malaga and Espanyol keen.
I think that the Darren Fletcher move has its pros and cons. While he brings experience to the team to help younger players many people argue that Scotland international is past it and isn’t a Premier League standard player. However, I believe that he can play a pivotal role in Hughes’s side. Fletcher played an important role in West Brom’s successful season last year so I can’t see why he can’t help Stoke. He would offer good backup but I don’t think he’s a starter for Stoke. But if he can string together some good performances then there’s no reason why he can’t start games.
Stoke have also been linked with Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs. The England international looks to be leaving the Emirates after Arsenal announced the signing of Sead Kolasinac. The 27-year-old needs to be playing first-team football at his age and Stoke can guarantee that while The Gunners can’t.
Kieran Gibbs would be a good signing for Stoke in my opinion. The left-back is more experienced than Erik Pieters in the Premier League, therefore, he knows the league better. As well as this, Gibbs is 27 and should be playing his best football at his age but he wouldn’t be able to show his footballing ability at Arsenal so he’s being wasted there in my opinion. If he came to Stoke he would essentially be playing week in week out. The transfer would work for all parties in my opinion.
The Potters have also been linked with Man City midfielder, Fabian Delph. Delph only played seven league games last season and is most likely going to be part of Pep’s clear out. If Stoke can acquire the services of Delph he would be able to offer something different in the Stoke midfield. He and Joe Allen could become a strong central midfield partnership. It’s being reported that Delph would cost The Potters around £15 million.
Once again I really hope Mark Hughes can pull this one off. Delph -like Gibbs- is being wasted at Man City and if he was to join The Potters he would be an important player. Delph is obviously going to be surplus to requirements at Man City so once again the move would work out for everyone. Man City get £12 Million, Stoke get a player who’s going to bolster their midfield and Delph gets first-team football.
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