Phil Thompson says Stoke City defenders Marc Muniesa and Philipp Wollscheid look out on their feet

Stoke City have struggled defensively without Ryan Shawcross.

Phil Thompson has told Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday, which was broadcast on Saturday 13 February, that Stoke City defenders Marc Muniesa and Philipp Wollscheid both look out on their feet at the moment.

Stoke looked very frail defensively during a 3-0 defeat to Everton, and their injury problems at the back were even evident when they beat Bournemouth 3-1 in their most recent outing.

Stoke ended up having to play forward Mame Biram Diouf at right-back against Dean Court, while Dionatan Teixeira replaced Muniesa at half-time.

And Thompson said: “Muniesa and Wollscheid look absolutely out on their feet. They’re just watching, hoping somebody else is going to get them out of trouble.”

Both Muniesa and Wollscheid have played fairly regularly this term, but Stoke have missed Ryan Shawcross in his absence.

Shawcross has missed much of the campaign with injury, but when he has been in the first-team the Potters have conceded just 16 goals in 16 matches.

Without Shawcross, Mark Hughes’ side’s defence has been far more porous, but their win over Bournemouth was important as it ended a poor run of form.

Stoke went into their game against the Cherries having failed to win in three matches, but the three points they picked up on the south coast has lifted them up to 10th in the Premier League table.

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