On paper it isn't but psychologically it absolutely is. Win and follow it up with key signings then a lot of (self created) negativity will lift. Lose and different story.
Psychologically it is very needed as push for the team with the new manager. In addition to that, I always see Huddersfield, Brighton and Swansea as potential teams for relegation. Beating Huddersfield helps Stoke to get 3 important points and helps Huddersfield to relegate too.
Shaqiri made 2 perfect shots today but he was unlucky, he is not himself yet but he did much better than previous few games. Choupo leaved Tymon exposed in the 1st half, Valencia and Mata dominated the left side in the 1st half, Ramadan didnt add too much from attacking point of view but he offered more help to Wimmer.
Correct me if I'm wrong but hasn't Crouch scored all his goals when coming on as sub.
If so why the bloody hell is he still being picked in the starting line up.
He should play as sub and 100% of all ppl here agree about that He is wasted as lone striker, he cant do the same efforts done by a player like Diouf. He was good in the first 20-25 minutes, but he cant play 90 minutes with the same level.
I wish Man U will not score more, Stoke has better spirit now than previous games, we dont want to lose it, big result can destroy the new spirit, losing the game is OK but please it is not a suitable time for big results any more. Stoke deserved to score at least 1 or 2 goals in the 1st half but no one will remember the chances if the game ended with 4 or 5 goals.
Great post and I'm really pleased Dr Hesham is part of the forum.
For me Ramadan could be a great player for us, his work ethic and technical ability is great, his pace not so, but he doesn't need it, just needs confidence to get in the box straight away and then let his majestic feet do the rest. I know generally he's played left but I'd prefer him on the right.
We are unlikely as a club to get many more European fans so should focus on Africa and North America/Canada. Commercially we are an embarrassment and the club should be looking to get a great relationship with Egypt and as you say Hesham through "original" shirts and winter friendlies.
Yes, Real Madrid and Barca are not great teams because of their fans in Spain, they have fans everywhere, and they have good marketing team who can earn from that then they can the player they want even for 150-200 millions, so they can win more titles, increase their fans more ...etc and so on like a circle.
Too many people are watching PL everywhere, if Stoke can build big fan base outside England, certainly it will help.
Al Ahly played and won against AS Rome in Emirates 1 year ago, the stadium was full capacity and both teams earned well, I see an Egyptian bank has sponsored Liverpool recently because of Salah ... etc., it is a 100 million population market so investing in it deserves a try.
Concerning the investment in Egyptian market, this Egyptian company sponsored Liverpool FC to fill the Egyptian streets with their banners:
Also TV channels here are competing to buy Liverpool friendly games, they made propaganda for Liverpool preseason more than the PL itself.
According to Craig Honeyman, Stoke City and Hull City showed some interest in Salah 5 years ago when he was the superstar of the Egyptian national team U20 and Al Mokawlon "Mid table Egyptian club", Craig offered Salah for them for 2.5 millions but they rejected the offer then he moved to Basel for approximately the same cost.