Stoke Chase Watford Skipper Smith While Caldwell Is A Non-Starter

  The Potters have apparently had a bid of £1 million rejected for acting Watford captain (in the absence of Jay Demerit) Tommy Smith. The bid reportedly falls some way short of the £3 million value the Hertfordshire club place on the 28 year old striker.

  Smith, who can also play as an attacking midfielder is currently in his second spell with Watford, where he started his career and found himself again two years ago, via reasonably successful spells at Sunderland and Derby Couty. In total he has scored 52 goals in 265 appearances for the Hornets, and has averaged around ten goals a season for the majority of his career.

  Stoke’s Premier League rivals Blackburn are also said to be in the hunt for Smith, with the hierarchy at the Lancashire club seemingly prepared to pay £2 million to secure the player’s services.

  It is clear that we need top bring in at least one more striker in the January transfer window but if Smith really is a serious target I must say I am surprised. He does not suit our typical forward player at all, he is well under six feet tall and weighs just ten stone so would not be best suited to playing either the Mamady Sidibe target man or the Ricardo Fuller tank role if called upon to play for us. His goalscoring record of one in five on average is hardly eye-catching either. He is a decent Championship player but aged 28, in the so-called prime of his career he seems to have found his level, and in my opinion it would be foolish of Stoke to spend any great deal of money on him while there seems to be better players, who would improve our survival chances far more than Smith would available for similar amounts of money. (The £3 million not the £1 million)

Smith - not the first player that springs to mind when one thinks of a Tony Pulis forward line

  Meanwhile, Stoke’s prospective mood for Celtic’s Scottish international defender Gary Caldwell seems to be dead in the water before it had ever really got going, Caldwell saying that he is happy at Celtic and has no wish to move away from the club. 

2 Responses to “Stoke Chase Watford Skipper Smith While Caldwell Is A Non-Starter”

  1. kieron little Says:

    agrre with ur views vj. not good enough for premiership.
    think stoke should go for vassell and harewood

  2. I*T*P*L* Says:

    Well Harewood’s been a long time target. Vassell’s not doing all that much at City though, and as we are trying to pull ahead of them in the table I don’t think he’s the sort of player we should be looking at!

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