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Eidur Gudjohnsen And His Shock Stoke Move

Old Trafford Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur (3-1) Premier League 24/04/10 Eidur Gudjohnsen (Spurs) Photo Roger Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Arguably one of the most surprising transfers of deadline day was Eidur Gudjohnsen’s move to Stoke City. The former Chelsea forward has agreed a season long loan at the Britannia Stadium from Monaco, but will the Icelandic forward fit in with Stoke’s notorious physical game?

That will be the worry for Potters boss Tony Pulis who has been reluctant to change his approach to the challenge of taking Stoke to the next level. Fans have been crying out for the club to bring in a different type of player and to challenge the pre-perceived perception of a typical Stoke signing.

But Pulis attempted to do this last summer and the singing of Tuncay from Middlesbrough hasn’t really lived up to expectations. The Turkish forward has failed to fit in with Stoke’s style and it lead to constant rumours that he would seek a move away during this summer.

Gudjohnsen isn’t quite in the same situation as Tuncay though. The former Barcelona man hasn’t been used to the physical side of things during his time with Chelsea and Bolton and I expect him to have more success than Tuncay.

Some Stoke fans may be hoping that Pulis scraps his current style and attempts to play conventional Premier League football but they shouldn’t hold their breath.  Despite three league defeats to start the season Pulis has been given the financial backing of his chairman today and the result is a signing which will no doubt have thrilled Stoke fans.

Personally I was surprised that Pulis would opt to sign a player like Gudjohnsen though, and I am even more surprised to see Tuncay remain a Stoke player. Gudjohnsen is a player who probably could adapt to the demands of playing in a Stoke shirt, but for Tuncay to have success this year you feel that Pulis would have to change his method.

Gudjohnsen though won’t find it easy to adapt to Stoke’s style however we have seen in the past that he has all the ability to be a real success in the Premier League, so given time expect him to hit a goal rush with Stoke and maybe take them to new heights.

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  1. Dave C

    September 1, 2010 at 8:55 am

    I think this could be a pretty awesome move. I’ve always been a big fan of Eidur – he’s got a nice mix of skill, guile and physicality. And the fact that he can play well in 2-3 different positions makes him an even better signing.

    I think there’s a mistake in the following paragraph though:

    “Gudjohnsen isn’t quite in the same situation as Tuncay though. The former Barcelona man hasn’t been used to the physical side of things during his time with Chelsea and Bolton and I expect him to have more success than Tuncay.”

    Don’t you mean he HAS been used to the physical side of things?? (otherwise he WOULD be the same situation as Tuncay).

  2. IanCransonsKnees

    September 1, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Yeah, just like Fuller struggles with it.

  3. Paul

    August 31, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    According to Wikipedia, Gudjohnsen is 1.5 inches better at Stoke football than Tuncay.

  4. Jim

    August 31, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    From now on, it’s Rory Delap: Stoke City Supersub!

  5. dlink09

    August 31, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    as if stoke gonna play football.

    • Sir Guy

      August 31, 2010 at 8:35 pm

      Cynic. 😉

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