Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Kitson keen to end Stoke nightmare

Unsettled Stoke striker Dave Kitson is reportedly desperate to leave the Premier League newcomers after less than six months at the Britannia Stadium.

The £5.5million summer recruit has struggled to fit in with Stoke’s rugged style and he could leave the Potteries in the January transfer window without scoring a goal for Tony Pulis’ men.

The 28-year-old moved from Reading in July after their relegation into the Championship in a bid to re-ignite his career, but so far his stay has turned into a nightmare.

The 6′ 3″ frontman has made just nine starts for Pulis’ charges and he has struggled to adapt to Stoke’s unassuming style as they attempt to survive in the Premier League.

Kitson, despite his height, is reknowned for his footballing ability and with Reading’s passing style he soon became a transfer target of several clubs before penning a three-year deal with Stoke.

The former Cambridge United man grabbed 54 goals in 111 league appaearances for Reading and was on the verge on an England call-up after excelling despite the Royals’ relegation last season.

The football odds will be stacked in favour of a move back to Berkshire for Hitchin-born Kitson.

Reading boss Steve Coppell might be tempted to sign Kitson on loan in January to bolster his side’s hopes of a quick return to the top flight.

However Pulis is unlikely to agree to a temporary move and will only allow a permanent switch as he cuts his losses on Kitson.

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