Writer: The Tuckster
Date:Friday September 27 2013
Tuckster: Who are you and how did you come to be a Stoke fan?
Lloyd: I'm Lloyd Reddin, the editor of Vital Stoke! I became a Stoke fan as they are my local team and have come through the divisions with them, with many highs and lows in the process (You being a Norwich fan will know just the feeling) Whilst supporting Stoke I've also been a ball boy at the club and have many stories and experiences from my time in the role which I will keep for a lifetime. Since then I have travelled up and down the country and even all over Europe supporting the best team in the world! Our fans are so passionate and our history speaks for itself! It was a no brainer in supporting the Potters.
T: What did you make of the sacking of Tony Pulis and how did you see his style of play? Everyone knows it was effective but it didn`t make for pretty watching.
L: I personally thought it was time that TP left. He had taken us as far as he could , and myself and every other Stoke fan will be forever grateful for what he has done for the club and the City as a whole. His style of play was defiently effective and not many fans really grumbled when it was getting us some impressive results and helping us to get promoted, to a cup final and a european tour, but when the Welshmen kept spending and the football didn't change, even though we had the likes of Tuncay, Adam, N'Zonzi, etc. in our ranks that's when the fans started to become disgruntled with Pulis.
T: How do you think Mark Hughes is doing and what did you think of his appointment?
L: I was always going to get behind the new manager, no matter who it was. Hughes wasn't my first choice but I was pleased to see us get a manager with a wealth of playing and managerial experience at the highest level. He has hit the ground running and the new style of play is easier on the eye, but he hasn't forgot to keep it tight and use our extraordinary ability to press teams and make it uncomfortable for them.
T: How did you rate your club`s work in the transfer window?
L: I thought we did well! We plugged our problem position of left back early doors (We have needed a full back for nearly a decade now) and then the injection of pace and creativity in the midfield has helped us to adapt to our new system. It wasn't just the work Hughes has done in the window, but the fact that he has let bygones be bygones and has given a number of fringe players another chance at the club such as Pennant and Kenwyne.
We are still missing an out and out goalscorer though. Being the lowest scoring team in the league to not get relegated wasn't the best last season, but hopefully the added flair and creativity will give our current crop of strikers a hatful of goals.
T: Are there any new players that you are especially happy about signing and if so, why?
L: Eric Pieters has looked really impressive. I think anyone with a left foot playing at full back was going to impress the Brit faithful but he looks very comfortable on the ball and does go forward well. Marko Arnautovic looks like he could be a right handful with another couple of fixtures under his belt. Watch out for him at the weekend, very unpredictable and I wouldn't be surprised if he opened his goal tally at the weekend.
T: Is Mark Hughes changing Stoke`s style of play? And if so, what is happening?
L: I've touched on it in previous questions and yes, he is. We are looking to play out from the back and use the wings to more effect. We still have the option to hit the ball long but that is now only a last resort. Hughes has kept the same mentality running in the team so that we press teams high up the field which helps us to counter. Still short of that striker though...
T: Who is your favourite player and why?
L: My favourite current player from our crop is Steven N'Zonzi. He is so tenacious along with being very creative and so calm on the ball. I always compare him to Yaya Toure, who I think is the best player in the world. The only thing that lets N'Zonzi down is his petulance. He is prone to the odd grumble which will knock him off his game for a number of minutes. If he can remove that from his game, he won't be plying his trade at the Brit much longer as he would be at a top side.
T: What is your opinion of Norwich City?
I see Norwich as a similar side to ourselves. A well run club with a good core following.
T: Are there any City players that you are particularly concerned about?
L: You always seem to have good tricky wingers. Nathan Redmond was a very shrewd signing (Someone I was hoping Stoke went for) He is very fast and has a hatful of tricks! A nuisance to any full back. Snodgrass is also a player I hoped Stoke would've signed when he was at Leeds. His set piece expertise is something Stoke will have to keep in mind.
T: Do Stoke still have a long throw expert? I`ve never seen an opposing team`s fans get so excited about a throw in inside their own half as when Rory Delap was still in your side!
We still have a few players in our side that can throw it a long way (Adam and Cameron) but no one that can throw it with the trajectory and pace that Delap could.
T: Who is your danger man?
Kenwyne Jones or Marko Arnautovic. Jones has hit a bit of form after he has admitted he feels loved again since TP left the club. He picked up a hat-trick in the League Cup and has looked confident and back to his bullish self since. He seems to enjoy playing against you as well.
As I've said before you need keep an eye out on our new number 10, just because of his unpredictability.
T: How do you think Norwich will do this season?
L: At the start of the season I thought you would be similar to us. Fighting it out to try and break it to the top 10 after some good additions in the window but you just haven't got out the blocks yet and if you can't stop the rot soon, then you could find yourself in a relegation battle again.
T: Are there any Norwich players that you would like to sign for Stoke?
Norwich seemed to have purchased a number of players that I have been touting for future success and would love to see in a Stoke top. I've been a long time admirer of Redmond, Pilkington, Snodgrass and Olsson who could all do a job in the Potters squad. Hooper could also be worth a risk to help our goal shy attack.
T: Finally, give us a score prediction for the game.
L: I really think we will give someone a real lesson this season and it could be this weekend. We're coming off the back of two good performances over Arsenal and Man City and if we can get an early goal then we could win the game 3 or 4 nil.
Thanks Lloyd, all the best for the rest of the season - starting on Monday! :)
Date:Friday September 27 2013
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