September
13

In a somewhat surprising transfer deadline-day deal, Stoke boss Mark Hughes snapped up midfielder Stephen Ireland on a season-long loan from Aston Villa. The 27-year-old is the fifth new arrival at the Britannia this term and follows Erik Pieters, Marc Muniesa, Marko Arnautovic and Oussama Assaidi to the club as Hughes looks to restructure the Potters’ playing approach after succeeding Tony Pulis over the summer:

Speaking to the club’s official website, the Stoke Chief Executive Tony Scholes revealed the player’s previous performances under Hughes at the Etihad persuaded the Potters boss to acquire his services:

“Stephen is a player that Mark knows really well and when the opportunity arose he was keen to add him to his midfield and attacking options. Arguably the most successful period of Stephen’s career to date was when he played for Mark at Manchester City and we hope that he can rediscover that form.”

The History

A product of the Man City youth academy, Ireland joined the club at the age of 15 back in August 2001. The midfielder made his debut during the 2004/05 season but took his time to make an impact, producing a single goal and pair of assists across 47 appearances in his first couple of campaigns at the club.

After notching four goals and three assists in 33 appearances the following year, Ireland’s nine goals and nine assists in 35 league games across 2008/09 earned him City’s Player of the Year award under the guidance of Hughes but he failed to maintain his consistency. The Welshman’s dismissal in the early stages of the following season saw Ireland become a peripheral figure under Roberto Mancini and, after producing just two goals and a pair of assists, he was transferred to Aston Villa as part of the deal that took James Milner to the Etihad.

Ireland’s time in the midlands proved bitterly disappointing as his once-promising career began to fall apart. Over the next three years, he failed to convince a trio of managers and was handed a combined tally of 47 games by Gerard Houllier, Alex McLeish and Paul Lambert, producing just a single goal and four assists.

The Prospects

With just a year left of his contract at Villa, Ireland’s switch to Stoke means he is now effectively playing for his future. Despite failing to feature this term so far, the midfielder insists he is fully match sharp and is desperate to make an impact at the Britannia:

“I’m fit and raring to go. I don’t want to be eased in and I don’t want to have to take my time; I just want to get straight in there as fast as I can. I want to participate in whatever way I can, whether that be for the full 90 minutes or whether it be coming off the bench for the final five minutes. Whatever time I get I will give it everything I have. It’s been a long time in the waiting for me so I want to get going and show everyone what I am capable of.”

To an extent, Ireland’s situation mirrors that of his manager. Hughes was also written off by many after a hugely unsuccessful stint at QPR led to his dismissal last term and the pair have plenty to prove this time out – the new Stoke manager’s tactics are steadily making an impact, however, and have now harvested three straight wins in all competitions after a narrow Gameweek 1 defeat at Liverpool.

As the Staffordshire outfit become more accustomed to their new manager’s possession-based approach, it’s clear we can no longer view them in the same way as we once did under Pulis. Hughes’ 4-4-1-1 formation could certainly favour Ireland and hand Fantasy managers an intriguing cut-price prospect if he can nail down his preferred role in “the hole” behind a lone forward, though it’s uncertain whether he’ll be immediately handed a starting berth.

Indeed, much depends on where fellow new boy Marko Arnautovic ends up. If the six foot three Austrian – classified as a midfielder across the Fantasy games – is utilised as a lone forward, then he looks the one to consider, though a shift to the right flank would likely see Jon Walters moved into the middle, thus denting Ireland’s prospects.

Coming in at a mere 4.8 in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) and 4.4 in the Sky Sports game, his lack of impact over the past few seasons means Ireland is particularly budget friendly. Fantasy managers will be understandably sceptical but if Hughes can help reignite the potential that saw him shine at the Etihad, we may have an unlikely cut-price contender on our hands.

Further Reference

Stephen Ireland Wikipedia

Stephen Ireland Transfer Markt Page

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  1. Pepin! I don't do RMT's on FFS but what about this?

    WC

    Mignolet, Rudd
    Zab, Coleman, Vidic , Ward, Chester
    Theo, Coutinho, Lamela, Hernandez, Brady
    Studge, Giroud, Benteke

    Bank: 0.4m

    Lamela & Studge could be out. I reckon Studge will play so just Lamela > Eriksen?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. I stopped reading at Coleman

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
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        1. Cuz he's a terrible pick and will flop in the next 4

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. In fact, i just shipped him for Vidic

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
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            1. Strange to bin a player while he's still by far the most transferred in defender and price yet to peak..

              • 1 year, 1 month ago
        2. He's got a thing about him... best not go there.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Laaverly. Prefer Erikson over Lamela for now I think but I guess it's a personal choice...

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Just saw you suggested the very same :oops:

        Must just be too used to skim reading RMTs at this stage!

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. nice team vets..loads of scope

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Thank you Optimus... plans in place for the arrival of Suarez....

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    4. That midfield is well dodgy.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Care to expand Doos?

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Theo - A1, Coutinho - C3, Lamela - E3, Hernandez - WTF?, Brady - A1

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. Righty. you know how to speak English, please do so!

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
            1. OK. I think that all of your picks, apart from Theo and Brady, are well crap.

              • 1 year, 1 month ago
              1. Hmmm... thanks Doos, will look at how they perform and come back to this as your dark arts interest me, but not enough to ruin my team at the mo! :)

                • 1 year, 1 month ago
                  1. That's black arts to me! :)

                    • 1 year, 1 month ago
                    1. It says: No Coutinho! :-P

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          2. Couldn't agree more about Lamela. Aaron Lennon reborn

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
    5. Is this a WC or what? You have 1 FT?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. We play it hard and fast, feck the free ft :)

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    6. A.

      I like it all apart from Ward. Quite close to my ideal WC i'd say

      Consider Lewis as the 4.0 in goal in case of Marshall aggravating his injury

      Is Lamela definitely out?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Who else apart from Ward, Archie?

        I'm happy with Rudd at the mo... zero thought make me a happy man :)

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. A.

          Cardiff's Turner for 4.0 instead?

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. Cheers Archie, another one to look at even though I'd discarded.

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      1. Thanks CS, that means it needs changes ;)

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  2. Oh you sneaky bar stewards...

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Always a pleasure!:D

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Thoughts?

      Leaning towards Giroud over Studge for the third striker spot, other forwards are Benteke & RVP, anyone massively concerned about such a move?? The excess cash would just be banked, not really planning to do anything with it for now

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  3. Kagawa out for tomorrow and Rooney could play.

    With Rooney's type of injury I guess it's a start the game or not play at all scenario. Worth taking the risk on him do you think, considering I think I want him long term? Should have a decent bench in case he doesn't play.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. You're pissing in the wind, feller.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. :D You're probably right. I'm just thinking it could be a slaughter tomorrow and want to be involved somehow without getting RVP.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. I think you need to expect him not to play. No point in risking him at all.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  4. Okay, I'm really not sure about this team. It costs -4, and I get to keep my WC.

    Migs (4.0)

    Clyne, Chester, Cole (Collins, Turner)

    Coutinho, HBA, Walcott, Brady, Kim

    RvP (c), Soldado (Bent)

    Enough in the bank for Bent > Lukaku next week.

    Decent enough?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Yes it should be ok - you'll have to hope Clyne has won his place in the team again though... Could still be Chambers...

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  5. Lost on last page....

    HAY NUMBER 2
    Ok....good to go or more tinkering required?

    Boruc (mig)
    Ivan evra Chester (turner) (Coleman)
    Ozil coutinho Brady hba (Hernandez)
    Giroud Sturridge soldado

    I am on a wc so it would be much appreciated

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Ivan out, RVP in. :-P

      Also, I think Coutinho is a bum shout.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. You stay out of my balanced team ;) which of the three strikers would you dump in that scenario?

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. I did try.....

            Evra to vidic
            Giroud to rvp
            Ozil to wallcot
            Coutinho to lams

            And I still only have 3.1 to replace Ivan :/

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
            1. Mignolet is your problem.

              Also, I don't think that we should be spending so much on midfield. Just my opinion.

              Therefore, Coutinho is a no-no.

              Look at Charlie Adams if you are on wild card.

              • 1 year, 1 month ago
              1. I fear you maybe right :/

                • 1 year, 1 month ago
                1. Couple of cheap goalies 'til Xmas?

                  • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. ozil is ill,apart from that i like it

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Is he? I must have missed that!!!

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
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          1. How reliable is that site?!?!

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
  6. About to confirm Silva :arrow: HBA and Dzeko :arrow: Benteke (2FTs)

    Any last words?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. I'm still not convinced by HBA yet but there aren't really any better options in that price range

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. I could just go with Brady altogether and use the cash elsewhere but I'm not sure who I'd even upgrade with it tbh.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. May as well stick with HBA then. All midfielders have started so slowly, just need a few to get going and it will make things interesting.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
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  7. Feel free to copy this FPL Gold

    Mignolet

    Cole Vidic Shaw Chester

    Michu Walcott Brady

    RVP(C) Benteke Soldado

    Bench: some 4m guy, Collins, Whittingham, JWP

    Just did Giroud Coleman and Zab > RVP Cole Vidic.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Not today. Thank you. :-D

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Why would I copy that?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Same reason you want to finisih top 100

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. I don't want to finish top 100, I want to win.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
  8. Is Lamela definitely not going to start?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. No it is not a definate no but AVB said he was back late from international duties and had not trained much with the squad yet ?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Screw it I'm going with my gut and buying him. I want him for the long term anyway and Whittingham is adequate enough cover for this GW if he doesn't play.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. I actually think I'm going with Lamela & Studge...

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. no..smokescreen

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  9. Is Dawson likely to start the next few weeks does anyone know or will Kaboul or Chic get the nod?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. I think he will inevitably be rotated over the course of the season.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. I think its inevitable that he'll lose it eventually. Might squeeze a few gws out of him until Chir's permit is sorted out or Kaboul is fit enough, but I wouldnt be bringing him in.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. A.

      Chiriches can't play as he hasn't yet got a work permit it seems

      Dawson is in the driving seat, but could get dropped for Kaboul

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  10. Hi chaps - I'm stuck between choosing

    A) Vidic & Ivanovic

    B) Evra & Terry

    Rest of my team (in my WC):

    Mig / Lewis
    Coleman / Lovren / .... / .... / Chester
    Walcott / Lamps / Coutinho / Brady / Ward-Prowse
    Benteke / Giroud / Soldado

    0.7m in bank
    Many thanks!

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Lovren ----> Mertesacker next week...

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Why not get Koscielny instead and save a transfer next week.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Yes could do that... Not sure if they'll get a clean sheet vs Sunderland away and would prefer Mert long-term so would still end up using that transfer I think...

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Can I be annoying and say Evra and Walker?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. You can - I have toyed with putting Walker in... Do fm you not fancy Chelsea to pick up a clean sheet against blunt Everton attack?

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. They could do, but Walker has great fixtures too and Spurs have looked tight so far this season

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. Ok cheers - I'll think more seriously about that then...

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
  11. Mignolet - Marshall
    Toure - Coleman - Turner - Ivanovic - Collins
    Walcott - Silva - Coutinho - Mirallas - Ravel
    Dzeko - Soldado - Lambert

    Silva to who have £9.4M

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Hit or free transfer?

      Hazard or Lamps would be good shouts...

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. FT

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  12. Soldado or Benteke (c)?

    Newc have been solid since the City game.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Fixtures or form? Tekkers for me.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Benteke is as fixture proof as they come.

      Also, I don't feel right captaining a Spurs player yet. Not in gear, and a few new faces.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. I don't think they've been solid. They've played two team who are terrible away from home. Benteke for me.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    4. Out of those two I'd pick Benteke but I'd pick Walcott as my captain if I had your team because Sunderland are dreadful.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Really? Interesting. I think I'd (c) him if I knew Ozil would be playing.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
      2. I'm leaning that way too.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    5. Doubt Newcastle will stop Benteke at home... Benteke (C) for me... Soldado (V) ...

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  13. Help!

    Walcott or Benteke (c)?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Tough one - I've got Wally and Giroud and am going for (c) Wally now he's confirmed fit; just a gut feeling

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  14. A.

    Hey vets, been meaning to catch you and give you my ideal lineup from our TWS

    Hart
    Marcelo, Lescott, Pepe, Johnson
    Mascherano, Illarramendi
    Sanchez, Hamsik, Ribery
    Negredo

    Bench: Viviano, Jovetic, Mkhitaryan, Guarin

    Definitely arguments for Jovetic and Mickey to be playing, but I reckon this has a crack at winning the TWS imaginary league

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. I'm keeping quite on this one but post it up there.... I have doubts about he-man on the bench though!

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. A.

        Yeah, it's hard to call, and does use all put defenders, but it's a very realistic formation with a proper back 4, no one playing out of position, two solid DMs and plenty of flair up front.
        Mickey could come in for Hamsik or Sanchez though.

        I'll stick this up and in an email

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  15. Thoughts?

    Mignolet
    Koscielny, Jose Enrique, Chester
    Brady, Walcott(v), Ben Arfa, Hazard/Lamela
    RVP(c), Benteke, Giroud

    Subs: Lewis, Whittingham, Burner, Ward

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. I wouldn't do a double on Liv def.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Who is the best £6m defender in your opinion?

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. A.

          Vidic, Enrique, Zabaleta (was), Mertesacker, Walker are the best 6m defenders IMO.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. Always wanted to buy Zabaleta but could never seem to afford him but I can now. Thanks for the recommendation as I completely forgot about him.

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
            1. A.

              I think Zab is the best £6m defender around tbh, great city cover, they seem almost as tight this year

              • 1 year, 1 month ago
              1. Agreed. He plays more like a wing back than a full back as well so attacking points are likely as well.

                • 1 year, 1 month ago
  16. I know this is your hideout and I will go away after this post, just want to know what you think of my wildcard team, any changes needed? :D

    Mignolet Lewis

    Vidic Coleman Collins Fonte Chester

    Walcott Lampard HBA Brady Redmond

    RVP Benteke Sturridge

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Nicely balanced for an RvP team.

      I'm not convinced on Lamps, but it looks good.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  17. Learned a lesson this week about obsessing with prices - did Nolan > Hernandez midweek as the latter was rising, even though I knew Silva and Walcott were doubtful. Luckily Wally came through, but now stuck with Silva unless I take a hit!

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  18. I's off! All the best, guys - may your captain choices be lucky ones! :-D

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Best of luck!!

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Night Doos. Sleep well... I won't be long behind you.

      Stop sniggering at the back!

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  19. 20.2m to spend on a striker and a mid.

    I have to get RvP, really, don't I?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Yep....that's what I have decided too....tough or what!

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. I was going to get in Benteke and Ozil ... but with Ozil unwell and no other big mids screaming out at me (I have Walcott and Couts), it seems the only option.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  20. A.

    Any members, try sticking Pablo Hernandez in the comparison tool.

    He compares very favourably to the likes of Nolan, Ben Arfa, Nani, etc and even to Coutinho and Michu

    That's settled my decision, Silva to Hernandez it is

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Good choice!

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. I have him but do not trust RMT in any way. It's one man's data against your skill... feck that!

      Give me one good reason why you should trust RMT?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. A.

        I'm using the tool to back up my gut feeling that Pablo is a good pick

        If the data didn't fit my conclusions I'd grumble about it being a crap tool, but as it confirms what I think (know) I like it ;)

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Heh... same here, and i have Pablo too.

          Seriously, it's shite and only used by us idiotic, clueless, twats as we don't know what we're doing and have no ability to think for ourselves. Even as a comfort it's flawed as it it's simply crap... so why?

          On that note, my coach seems to have turned into a pumpkin, so I'm off to bed.

          All the best for the current gw!

          K.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. A.

            Cheers, you too, night

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
  21. Rate my risky team

    Mcgregor boruc
    Coleman vidic turner Chester moxey
    Lamps Walcott hba Hernandez Brady
    Rvp soldado Sturridge

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
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      1. It's sorta tough to spend that much on one player, but I guess it's easier to down scale rather than upscale....guess I better captain him ;)

        Cheers for your help man

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Apart from the keepers, I could live with that.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Yeah....I kinda feel uneasy with that combo, hopefully they will rotate well.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  22. Mignolet - Marshall
    Toure - Coleman - Turner - Ivanovic - Collins
    Walcott - Silva - Coutinho - Mirallas - Ravel
    Dzeko - Soldado - Lambert

    Silva to who, max of £9.4M?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Hazard. Or you could go Hernandez and use the cash to upgrade Dzeko or Lambert next GW.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  23. Used my FT midweek for Nolan > Hernandez before Silva confirmed out (I know, I know!)

    Do I need to take a hit to deal with Silva (and perhaps Studge), or are this lot passable?

    Jussi (Marshall)
    Ivanovic, Shaw, Chester (Reid, Ward)
    Hazard, Wally (c), Hernandez, Kim (Silva)
    Lambert, Giroud, Studge

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. you're fine Sturridge will start

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  24. 8 point hit going once.........................................

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. going twice..............................................

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  25. SOLD to your wife at the back!!!!!!!!!!

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
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  26. Mignolet - Marshall
    Toure - Coleman - Turner - Ivanovic - Collins
    Walcott - Silva - Coutinho - Mirallas - Ravel
    Dzeko - Soldado - Lambert

    Help need to replace Silva, 1 FT £9.4M?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. HBA or Brady so you can easily upgrade Dzeko on your next free transfer.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  27. Coutinho dropping tonight? Compaired to Fiso he is but Total Fpl have him at 60%. Would like to finalise my team tonight so I don't have to wake early to make the change. But I will do it if he has a chance of falling. Can anyone help me?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Not falling imo. TFPL is better so far.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. 100% sure?

        • 1 year, 1 month ago

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