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4 Stoke City players who are likely to stay in the Premier League

Uday Jaria
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658   //    11 May 2018, 03:26 IST

Stoke City v Crystal Palace - Premier League
Stoke City struggled to get going during the entire Premier League season

Stoke City got relegated from the Premier League following a 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace last weekend. They will be playing in the second tier of the English football for the first time in ten years.

The Potters struggled to find any sort of form right from the beginning of the season and even the change of their manager during the mid-season couldn't prevent them from going down.

However, there are a number of talented players in the Stoke City squad who don't deserve to go down and are likely to return to the Premier League with different teams.

Right on this note, let's look at four Stoke City players who are likely to stay in the Premier League next season.


#4 Bruno Martins Indi

Stoke City v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League
Bruno Martins Indi missed much of the season with injuries

The Dutch international had to miss a number of games this season due to his injury problems and things might have been different for the Potters' leaky defence if the big defender featured on a more regular basis.

After proving his talents in the Eredivisie, Martins Indi joined Stoke City on-loan in 2016 - a deal which was made permanent in 2017.

This season, he made 1.2 tackles per game and also completed 21 interceptions in England's top-flight. His distribution was also impressive and 75% of his crosses found his teammates.

The former Feyenoord man is a strong defender and he likes to bully the attackers to take the ball away from them.

Indi is also good in the air and doesn't shy away from making tackles. He is a fine athlete and is comfortable with the ball in his feet, which enables him to play as a left-back as well.

There are a number of Premier League clubs who will be in the market for a good centre-back in the summer and the Dutch defender is likely to attract a number of suitors.

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