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Four Stoke City players likely to never play for the club again.

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Steven Schumacher will shortly examine his Stoke City squad for the 2024/25 season, and certain players appear unlikely to feature in his plans.

The Potters have had another difficult season in the Championship, and they had to wait until the penultimate game to guarantee their survival for another season, a 1-0 victory over Southampton.

Schumacher was appointed head coach in December after Alex Neil was released of his duties, and he will lead the club through its inaugural summer transfer window in the coming months.

The window is not expected to be as busy as last year, when Stoke signed 13 permanent first-team players and five loanees while allowing 11 players to depart the club.

However, it will be critical that the proper type of player is brought in, and that the club part ways with those who have provided nothing during their time in the Potteries, as they seek their first top-half finish in the Championship since relegation in 2018.

With that in mind, here are the four players who we believe are unlikely to wear a Potters shirt again in their career.

Wesley Moraes

Wesley, a Brazilian striker, has not had the finest couple years after joining Aston Villa from Club Brugge for £22 million in 2019.

His tenure with the Villans did not go as planned, as he suffered a cruciate ligament tear and a knee injury in consecutive years, limiting him to just 26 games and six goals for the club.

Despite having a year remaining on his Villa contract, he joined the Potters for free on a one-year agreement last summer in an attempt to resurrect his career.

This season, he has been unable to reach the back of the net for Stoke, and he has received very little game time despite his fellow attackers’ struggles for goals.

Despite showing some promise with goals against Leeds United and West Brom, he has yet to impress at the bet365 Stadium and has been used even more sparingly since Schumacher’s arrival in December.

Nonetheless, the 27-year-old’s contract appears unlikely to be renewed.

Ciaran Clark

Veteran center back Clark joined Stoke in October, having left Newcastle United in the summer after his contract expired.

Clark, 34, is one of the Potters’ most experienced players, but despite the lack of depth in his position, the former Republic of Ireland international has struggled to break into the lineup under Alex Neil or Schumacher.

He has struggled to get playing time and is expected to quit the club after just signing a contract until the end of the season.

Clark may be considering a professional retirement, as he was just named as a participant in a $1 million seven-a-side summer soccer event in the United States this summer.

D’Margio Wright-Phillips

Football runs in the family for D’Margio Wright-Phillips, whose grandfather Ian and father Shaun are both former England internationals, and he made his professional debut with Stoke in 2022, having joined from the Manchester City Academy the previous year.

He scored on his second start for the club against Fulham, but he appeared sparingly at the conclusion of the 2021/22 season under Michael O’Neill and the beginning of the 2022/23 season under Alex Neil.

An disappointing loan to Northampton Town in the second half of last season did not put him back in Neil’s plans, and after starting the season with Stoke U21, he was loaned out to Beerschot V.A. of the Belgian second tier in the January window.

He netted an impressive four goals in 11 league appearances as Beerschot clinched promotion back to the top-flight, but his contract is up this summer at Stoke and it seems unlikely that he will be kept on.

Tom Edwards

Tom Edwards, formerly a highly rated youth talent racing through the Potters’ ranks, has had a disappointing career at Stoke since his debut in 2018 while the team was still in the Premier League.

The right-back has played 51 games for Stoke, but has not made a competitive appearance for his hometown club since January 2020. He has been loaned out to New York Red Bulls, Fleetwood Town, and Barnsley during the last three seasons in a bid to revive his form.

He joined Huddersfield Town on loan at the start of the season with something to prove, but has yet to secure a starting spot in a difficult season for the Terriers, who were demoted from the Championship.

Edwards, 25, will be seeking for a new permanent home for the first time in his career when his contract with Stoke expires in the summer.

 

 

 

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