Stoke City vs Norwich Preview: 3 key players to watch

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Nick Powell

ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND – JANUARY 19: Nick Powell of Stoke City celebrates after he scores his sides third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham United and Stoke City at AESSEAL New York Stadium on January 19, 2021 in Rotherham, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

At this point in the season, it’s safe to say that Nick Powell is Stoke’s best offensive option. He has 7 goals and 2 assists in 26 appearances for Stoke City. He’s lined up just about everywhere for Stoke City and has been particularly dangerous when linked up with other attacking players. Injuries have slowed down Powell of late and he missed Stoke’s draw against Huddersfield last week. Having not played since January 22nd Powell, should be fit for Saturday’s match against Norwich. Having Powell in the squad is the main ingredient for Stoke producing any kind of creativity, so this will be good news for Potters fans.

Earlier in the season, the mix of Tyrese Campbell, Steven Fletcher, and Nick Powell were a creative force. Since Campbell went down with a season long injury, any production has been left to Fletcher and Powell.

Who will link up with Nick Powell and Steven Fletcher?

Stoke City’s January signings were clear in that they were looking for upgrades on the wing. Specifically, Rabbi Matondo and Jack Clarke have been used on the right side with James McClean staying on the left. It’s been clear that Jack Clarke has the quality to replace some of what Stoke lost in Tyrese Campbell, but Fletcher, Collins, and Clarke have yet to start a match together. Hopefully this Saturday we can see the trio together and they show some chemistry. If Stoke are to make a late season run, they need to find an offensive groove – if Fletcher, Powell, and Clarke can fit in together and stay healthy, they have a chance to produce enough offense to climb the table.

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