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.