Could O’Neill try to bring players from Burnley, Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion to Stoke?

Could O’Neill try to bring players from Burnley, Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion to Stoke?

Stoke City have confirmed the arrival of Michael O’Neill as Nathan Jones’ replacement.

O’Neill has enjoyed great success with Northern Ireland, who he will continue to manage through the upcoming international break, and is popular with his players.

With Stoke in an increasingly desperate situation down at the bottom of the Championship, some of those may be called upon in January.

And HITC Sport has picked out three who could be considered by O’Neill…

Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Burnley)

Peacock-Farrell has emerged as Northern Ireland’s number one under O’Neill, but is yet to feature at all for his new club, Burnley, after joining them from Leeds in the summer. Regular football could be high on the youngster’s agenda heading into the season’s latter half and Stoke may be well-placed to offer a solution, with the wantaway Jack Butland having struggled for form and the pre-season signing Adam Davies overlooked despite that.

Paddy McNair (Middlesbrough)

McNair has won all 32 of his international caps under O’Neill, and could solve several of Stoke’s problems, being a capable right-back, centre-back and central midfielder. The Potters offered £5 million for the 24-year-old during last summer’s transfer window, but he opted for Middlesbrough instead. But if O’Neill can get Stoke up and running before January, a move to the Potteries may hold greater appeal this time around, with Boro struggling too.

Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion)

Brunt described his six-year spell under O’Neill as the ‘most enjoyable of my international career’, and may consider a winter reunion should his West Brom game time fail to increase before then. The 34-year-old is not only experienced but a leader too – having captained the Baggies for a number of years. That, along with the quality possessed by his left foot, could make him the perfect Stoke addition. 


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