There’s a brief report in today’s Daily Mail concerning former Owls midfielder Glenn Whelan, currently on the sidelines at Premiership new boys Stoke City.
We’re not sure if it’s just one of those newspaper stories you can trot out about any newly promoted club.. after all, when you go up, and make new signings, there’ll always be surplus players who don’t quite fit the manager’s plans.
The report also says Tony Pulis is keeping all his players at the Britannia in case of injuries (which doesn’t really add up, since loans can be recalled).
But it’s true to say that Whelan has had just three Premiership appearances this season (only one start, on the opening day), plus two games in the Carling Cup. It’s also true to say that in recent times, Stoke have bolstered their midfield with the likes of Michael Tonge, Tom Soares, Amdy Faye, Seyi Olofinjana and more – there’s lots of competition in Pulis’s Potters squad.
So, you’d want to play regularly, wouldn’t you, if you were an Irish international with a Premiership club?
Practicalities aside (the size of Whelan’s current wage packet being the main stumbling block), we’d swap Jimmy Smith for him, wouldn’t we?