The James Beattie Injury – How Will We Cope?

  Yesterday afternoon, I was greeted by the unwelcome news that after tearing his thigh muscle, Stoke’s most potent striker James Beattie, who has scored six goals in twelve games for the club, an excellent return for a new player in a struggling side, will definitely be ruled out for today’s game at Fulham, probably for the next three weeks, and possibly for the rest of the season. Eight points clear of the Premier League relegation zone with five matches to play, relegation looks very unlikely for the Potters, and it is fair to say that just one or two more points, if any, will be needed to secure our top flight status for next season. Those points will seem a large bit harder to come by without Beattie in the side though, and it will be necessary for whoever replaces him to step up to the plate with some good performances.


Beattie’s goalscoring has been a large factor in Stoke’s rise away from danger

  So, who will play in his place? Last minute injuries aside, it’s all but certain that Jamaican forward Ricardo Fuller will retain his place in the Stoke attack, but with usual first reserve striker Mamady Sidibe out for the next eight or nine months himself, Tony Pulis will have to call on one of a number of slightly dodgy striking options.

  The most obvious choice is Senegalese forward Henri Camara, who is on loan from Wigan, but he has hardly impressed during his time in the Potteries, with his first-team action limited to substitute appearances and his performances in the reserves being poor. I’m only speculating, but I get the idea that he and Pulis haven’t really hit it off since his move, and with Camara carrying a slight knock himself, and having made a trip back to Senegal in the week for personal reasons, it seems unlikely he will start.


The on-loan Henri Camara is one option for Stoke

  It is often said that Stoke striker/winger Richard Cresswell is in possession of some very compromising photographs of Pulis, thus explaining why he is anywhere near the first team, and it seems as good a reason as any as to why the 31 year old former Preston man has been repeatedly brought on as a substitute this season, and even made a few starts. Seriously though, Cresswell lacks all the aspects needed to be a Premier League striker, his pace is gone, his strength seems to have lessened and his finishing’s been poor, scoring just one goal in fourteen starts and sixteen substitute appearances this season, that being at Cheltenham in the League Cup back in August. We all know that Pulis likes players who work hard, and this is probably the reason why he persists with Cresswell, though given the magnitude of the negative points about him, it’s hardly a good one. 

  I’m not one of the Stoke fans to give Cresswell a huge amount of grief, and I am thankful to him for his twelve goals last season, which played a big part in our promotion, but sadly now, it is my, and most other Stoke fans’ opinion that he is simply not good enough for this league any more. That’s why it disappoints me to say that he’s the most likely to start today, particularly after he completely failed to make an impact against Fulham’s Brede Hangeland when he came on after five minutes in the return fixture in December.


Little of last season’s joy has been reproduced for Cresswell, who may well start today

  A third, seemingly strange, but actually viable alternative that has been touted for Pulis would be to play Nigerian midfielder Oluwasey Olofinjana, AKA George, who has been on the fringes of the side recently, in a second striker role, just behind Fuller. On the face of it, this would be a bizarre move, but when you think about it, it starts to make sense. He is good in the air, and could be the target man often used to feed Fuller, and also a good passer of the ball, so would provide a decent link between the midfield and the attack. Finally, as we have saw so prolifically against Everton earlier this season, he knows where the goal is. In fact, during his time at Wolves, he often played in the second striker role, finishing as the club’s top scorer for the 2006/07 campaign, when they made the play-offs. If a little more steel to the midfield is recquired at any stage of the game, he could also easily to drop back to form a five man midfield with Fuller leading the line on his own. In fact, earlier in the week I was advocating a five man midfield, and I have many times this season said that I would like to see Olofinjana play in the second striker role. So the option I would personally most like to see is this one.


Olofinjana, somewhere at the bottom of the pile, scored for Stoke against Arsenal back in November, and could be given a chance to find the net again.

  Kitson aside, I feel there is little this season that Pulis has done wrong, and I only hope he continues this, by making the right choice of deputy during Beattie’s absence.

23 Responses to “The James Beattie Injury – How Will We Cope?”

  1. Steven Goran Erikkson Says:

    A dilemma indeed, but one that, as you say, is not too important. Good article, well written and very informative.

    Couple of points:

    “I was greeted by the unwelcome news that after tearing his thing muscle” – I’ve never heard of this muscle. Is it a new one, where is it?

    “It is often said that Stoke striker/winger Richard Cresswell is in possession of some very compromising photographs of Pulis, thus explaining why he is anywhere near the first team” – You have used that before.

    “Oluwasey Olofinjana, AKA George” – Surely that should be Oluwaseyi???

    “he often player in” – Played

  2. dd Says:

    dfwf

  3. gary hill Says:

    CRESWELL???????????????????????????????? WHAT A TOTAL JOKE IF HE WAS A SKY DIVER HED MISS THE WORLD.I ROW EVERY WEEK WITH ALL THOSE FROTHING AT THE MOUTH FANS THEY SAY HE WORKS HARD AND WILL RUN ALL DAY.LET ME TELL YOU I HAVE FIVE DOGS AT HOME AND IF YOU PICKED ANY ONE OF THEM THEY TO WOULD RUN ALL DAY,NEVER WIN A TACKLE,NEVER SCORE A GOAL,NEVER PASS A BALL TO ANOTHER STOKE PLAYER AND NEVER CONTRIBUTE A SINGLE POSITIVE THING TO THE GAME.ALL THIS FOR THE PRICE OF A BOWL OF CHAPPIE!WHAT HAS HE GOT OVER PULIS???? THIS DOES MAKE ME QUESTION THE MANAGER ALONG WITH BRINGING KITSON(SMARMEY GIT)ON WITH 5 MINS TO GO AT CHELSEA AND LEAVING WILKO ON AFTER HIS YELLOW CARD MAN UTD HOME????ETC.ETC.TONGUE AND SOARSE HAVE MORE ABILITY IN THEIR EAR WAX THAN THE CRES MONSTER HAS IN HIS HOLE BODY.COME ON TONY FOR ALL OUR SAKES TAKE YOUR HEAD FROM UP YOUR BACKSIDE AND SEE THE LIGHT.GO AT SIDES MORE AWAY FROM HOME AS WE ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO SIT BACK,WHEN WE GO FORWARD AND BULLY TEAMS NO ONE CAN COPE WITH US WHY O WHY CANT YOU SEE THIS

  4. I*T*P*L Says:

    Thank you very much Steven, I’ve changed the thing muscle and player one now, that’s the problem with spellcheck, if your mistake is a real word you won’t notice it’s wrong. I know I’ve used the Cresswell bit before, which is why I said “it is often said that…”. I know it’s not hugely original, but most people wouldn’t realise I used it before and it still applies. Surprisingly it actually is Oluwasey, not Oluwaseyi, the “i” is added in the shortening to Seyi, like we would make Jonny or Danny from Jonathan or Daniel.

    Gary, the only thing that I agree with in your comment is your rather overstated “GO AT SIDES MORE AWAY FROM HOME AS WE ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO SIT BACK,WHEN WE GO FORWARD AND BULLY TEAMS NO ONE CAN COPE WITH US” Apart from this, we are twelfth in the table and eight points clear of the relegation zone in our first season in the Premier League man! Give the management the credit they deserve. Some people are just never content. Also, seeing as you mis-spelled both Tonge and Soares, I question your position to judge whether they are worthy of a place in our starting eleven.

  5. Lakeland Potter Says:

    I may be wrong but doesn’t Beattie have 6 goals in 10 games not 12 games?

    Gary, turn the caps lock off, mate, please!

  6. Lakeland Potter Says:

    I’ve done a recount – it is 12 games. Doesn’t time fly?

  7. I*T*P*L Says:

    Doesn’t it just, it doesn’t seem three months since he was scoring the winner against Manchester City anyway!

  8. ktfc_fan Says:

    i’m glad Stoke are in a good position to stay up now. The article was good, and well written

  9. gary hill Says:

    I*T*P*L*Come off your soap box mate what kind of sad ——– sits looking for spelling mistakes,all of my comments are in my mind correct.Again he picked Cresswell ahead of over 5 millions worth of his own signings,again Cressy was woeful with one commentator describing him as not even a good championship player which is true because he was crap for us when we were there!If you think that someone’s I.Q. level is a true reflection of whether they can have a valid judgement on the team they follow then you are a numpty.The 4 thousand pound a year I spend on season tickets,I would say gives me the right to have my say as with every other loyal supporter who pays their money.

  10. I*T*P*L Says:

    Ok, I’m sorry for the spelling comment, that was a bit of a cheap jibe, and for the most part I agree about Cresswell, he just isn’t good enough at this level. I strongly disagree with your comments about Pulis though, “THIS DOES MAKE ME QUESTION THE MANAGER” and “COME ON TONY FOR ALL OUR SAKES TAKE YOUR HEAD FROM UP YOUR BACKSIDE AND SEE THE LIGHT”. When he took over just under three years ago, we had just finished thirteenth in the Championship and looked like a club going backwards rather than forwards. We’re now sitting comfortably in twelfth in the Premier League. That makes me want to hug the manager rather than question him! You may not like his style, but you can’t dislike the results. Also, £4k a year? Do you travel to the games first class or something?

  11. gary hill Says:

    2×1850 plus vat waddington suite

  12. I*T*P*L Says:

    Ok, fair enough, if that’s how you want to watch the matches.

  13. gary hill Says:

    spent years on the boothen end whats wrong with the waddo suite??? few beers before and after game ,nice meal ,a comedian(not cresswell)great seats!

  14. I*T*P*L Says:

    Nowt wrong with it at all mate, especially if you’ve done your time in the Boothen. I’d just hate to think you’re a Premier League prawn sandwich gobbling gloryhunter Waddington Suite type, but it seems clear you’re not.

  15. gary hill Says:

    No probs mate and i dont like prawns lol but i know what you mean there is one in there called Glen Unwin never been to a game in his life and didnt know you get 3 points for a win.We get in prem and he has 4 seats=tsser!

  16. Glen Unwin Says:

    Dear Mr Gary Hill, befor you open your mouth and put your brain into gear It would advise you to get the correct information first=tsser!

  17. gary hill Says:

    Sorry Mr. Unwin but i have never seen you at the Brit when we were playing the likes opf Cambridge or Plymouth on a cold December evening.Maybe i am wrong but only noticed you there during the glory grabbing games!

  18. gary hill Says:

    O and dont you call me a tsser I have been going for 25 yrs

  19. gary hill Says:

    I also have it on good information you were not renewing your season tckt if we had of got relegated!!!say’s it all

  20. Glen Unwin Says:

    Dear Mr Gray Hill, You dont have a clue and please dont use my name again thank you I have better thing to do with my time.

  21. gary hill Says:

    The name is Gary not Gray

  22. gary hill Says:

    And I have lots of clues

  23. gary hill Says:

    I see that Watford were intereted in signing Cresswell for £500k-£750k.Can I say that this would be a great move for Stoke even if we had to pay the money to Watford for taking the complete waste of space!

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