Kevin Wimmer, Saido Berahino, and Gianelli Imbula all look set to leave after disastrous Premier League spells as plans for life in the Championship begin.
It doesn’t take much to explain that things have gone badly for Stoke City – one look at the league table will suffice – but to see just how badly you need to consider their signings.
Stoke have spent more than ever on three players over the past four windows: Gianelli Imbula, Saido Berahino, and Kevin Wimmer. None of those players have been involved in the relegation battle for Stoke, something that was pointed out by goalkeeper Jack Butland after the team was finally relegated.
That is quite clearly woeful from the Potters, although recent reports suggest they mean business when it comes to turning it around.
A season as disastrous as this one needs strength like that in order to get back on track; it would be very easy to still want value from the deals and refuse to accept that the money is gone.
But Stoke instead look to have accepted that things went badly, that big mistakes were made, and that it’s time to start afresh with a move for Dwight Gayle said to be in the works already.
This is the attitude that will see them back in the Premier League before long.