Stoke fans can keep tabs on incoming trio

New striker Joselu.
New striker Joselu.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Fans of Premier League club Stoke City will have a chance to see if their three new signings can get off the mark quickly at the Barclays Asia Trophy here next week.

Joselu, 25, a former Spanish youth international acquired for £5.75 million (S$12 million), joins a forward line already boasting the likes of Peter Crouch, Peter Odemwingie and last season's 11-goal top scorer Mame Biram Diouf.

Amid uncertainty over star custodian Asmir Begovic's future at the club, new Danish goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard will aim to impress to land a spot between the sticks.

German defender Philip Wollscheid will also hope to catch manager Mark Hughes' eye to cement a place at the heart of a Stoke rearguard marshalled by captain Ryan Shawcross, who will lead the team out for their first match on July 15.

Fans will also get to keep tabs on Scottish playmaker Charlie Adam, who is fresh off signing new terms that commit his future to the Potters until 2017.

  • BARCLAYS ASIA TROPHY: STOKE CITY

  • Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic, Jack Butland, Daniel Bachmann, Jakob Haugaard

    Defenders: Phil Bardsley, Marc Muniesa, Marc Wilson, Ryan Shawcross, Philipp Wollscheid, Geoff Cameron, Dionatan Teixeira

    Midfielders: Glenn Whelan, Stephen Ireland, Marko Aranutovic, Steven Nzonzi, Charlie Adam, Steve Sidwell, Oliver Shenton

    Forwards: Joselu, Peter Odemwingie, Mame Diouf, Jonathan Walters, Peter Crouch

Several youngsters may also be blooded on tour in preparation for further involvement in Hughes' first-team plans for the new season.

The 17-year-old midfielder Oliver Shenton, a Stoke youth product who made his first-team bow as a substitute in February against Manchester City, and Brazilian-born defender Dionatan Teixeira, who has played for Slovakia's Under-21 team, are in the squad for their inaugural participation in the Barclays Asia Trophy.

There could be good news for fans of Bojan Krkic, with the young Spanish player likely to appear on tour here although he will not play as he is still recovering from an injury suffered in January.

Stoke, who finished ninth in the EPL last term, arrive today and join fellow EPL teams Arsenal and Everton, plus a Singapore Selection, at the Barclays Asia Trophy on July 15 and 18 at the National Stadium.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 09, 2015, with the headline 'Stoke fans can keep tabs on incoming trio'. Print Edition | Subscribe