Stoke striker's renaissance complete after Cardiff nightmare

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Potters fans are lauding the swap deal which saw Kenwyne Jones move in the opposite direction, with the Nigerian enjoying a new lease of life.

As swap deals go, the one taking Kenwyne Jones from Cardiff City to Stoke City and Peter Odemwingie the other way in January ranks as one of the most lop-sided in recent memory.

Swap deals, of course, seldom occur in today's game due to the financial technicalities involved in a deal, but the Jones-Odemwingie trade looked, at least on the face of it, one that made sense on both sides.

Stoke had been struggling for goals in the former half of the season having netted just 18 times in 19 league games. To put that into some sort of perspective, that was while Stoke had just Peter Crouch and Jones to rely on in attack.

Both are similar in approach and hardly helped manager Mark Hughes' attempts to revolutionise the aesthetics of football on show at the Britannia Stadium.

Crouch, the leading scorer, was never likely to be made a scapegoat due to his aptitude with the ball at his feet as well as in the air but Jones, who failed to score a single league goal this season, quickly became surplus to requirements.

Stoke fans bemoaned the similitude between the duo and Hughes sought to secure an added dimension to his frontline.

In Odemwingie, the risks were obvious. Here was a player of irrefutable quality and yet at the same time, a maverick whose career was threatening to tail off into disrepair after his deadline day gaffe in 2013, when he unknowingly drove down to QPR's training ground under the assumption West Bromwich Albion had sanctioned his departure.

It proved quite the opposite and the Nigerian was left in limbo. The disillusioned striker eventually left the club in the summer and moved to Cardiff, where he was intent on reviving a stalling career. 

To say the switch of scenery failed to pay off, however, would be a grave understatement. Odemwingie failed to make any sort of palpable impact on a struggling Cardiff side and a move away in January held as much value as it did for Jones to leave the Potteries.

Hughes, however, has come out on top of the exchange between himself and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the Norwegian and the Bluebirds' fanbase only able to experience the Trinidadian's trademark cartwheel celebration once in the league since his arrival when he notched a crucial winner against Norwich City at the start of February.

The statistics below, however, vindicate and subvert in equal measure, serving to indicate how both sides have enhanced their attacks.

Stoke, who faced relegation troubles of their own before Odemwingie arrived to help turn the corner, seem the beneficiaries of the January swap when you consider their acquisition's goal haul.

Potters fans will still regard the deal as falling in their favour and consider it one of the most glaringly askew transfers since Arsenal allowed Ashley Cole to depart for London rivals Chelsea, inheriting the stroppy, unsettling William Gallas in return.

The Nigerian has three goals, all scored in his last two matches, to Jones' one but the latter has provided more goal assists (0.07 v 0), attempted assists (0.86 v 0.52) and hit the target on more occasions with his efforts on goal (0.57 v 0.39).

Jones conforms to his towering frame with 4.43 aerial duels won per match in comparison to Odemwingie's meagre - if hardly surprising - 0.87 but Jones' 0.43 big chance misses per outing equally reflect a striker who has found goals hard to come by.

Hughes will also feel justified in his efforts to bring Odemwingie in by his touches per game 36.26 in contrast to Jones' 27.64. The 32-year-old's ability to get involved in the play helps buy into Hughes' ethos at Stoke and although the figures fail to promote a man tasked with helping keep Stoke in the top half, the goals for column suggests otherwise.

Which club came out on top in swapping Kenwyne Jones and Peter Odemwingie?

NameTeamPosGoal Assist / appsTotal Att Assist / appsTotal Scoring Att / appsOntarget Scoring Att / appsBig Chance Missed / appsAerial Won / appsTouches / appsAppsMins
Kenwyne Jones Stoke FW 0.07 0.86 1.64 0.57 0.43 4.43 27.64 14 834
Peter Odemwingie West Brom FW 0 0.52 1.04 0.39 0.13 0.87 36.26 23 1,488

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