‘Bring better players to the club’ – Stoke City boss Michael O’Neill gives clear aim for off-season

O’Neill will be hoping to bring in a number of fresh faces in over the summer

Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill has left no questions over his plans regarding recruitment during the summer.

The Potters are on the brink of their worst end to a season since 1985 after going a month without registering a win.

Saturday’s 2-0 loss to QPR left a sour taste in the mouth of O’Neill.

Post-game, he said that he is looking to bring in a number of personnel ahead of the 2021/22 season.

“We need to look to try and bring some better players to the club, that’s key,” he told Stoke City’s official website.

“We know where we are at in terms of where the team is at this minute in time and it’s just going to continue to be hard work, continue to try and improve the squad in the summer if we can do that.”

Stoke have been linked with a number of players, including Sheffield Wednesday forward Josh Windass.


Powell likely to miss season finale with injury

Attacking outlet Nick Powell was forced off after 13 minutes in Saturday’s loss and will almost certainly miss the trip to Bournemouth.

The 27-year-old, who has scored 12 goals this season, looks to have a problem with his thigh, according to O’Neill.

The Northern Irishman added: “You don’t want to lose a player like Nick.

“Obviously it affected us, he’s one of our most creative players.

“To have to take him off basically within a few minutes after the start of the game, it’s disappointing.

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“But these are things we have to deal with, that’s the nature of the league and nature of the game.

“I think it’s just a groin, I’m not at liberty to say what the extent of that at this moment in time.”

Stoke travel to play-off-bound Bournemouth on Saturday, whom they have failed to beat in their last five encounters.

A loss could see them finish 15th in the Championship table, some way off the fifth place they once occupied in December.

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