By Kevin Koczwara
Brendan Rodgers clear-out of fringe players on high wages continues this morning with Charlie Adam completing a reported £4million switch to Stoke City. The Scotland midfielder joined Liverpool last summer from Blackpool and struggled to find his place in the side since Kenny Dalglish was removed as manager.
Liverpool’s official website confirms the move:
Liverpool Football Club can confirm that Charlie Adam has today completed a transfer to Stoke City.
Everyone at Liverpool Football Club would like to wish Charlie all the best in his future career.
Adam, 26, is looking for more first team action and Rodgers couldn’t promise that at Liverpool this season. So, the Scotland international approved the move to Stoke, where he will slide into Tony Pulis’ side as the creative playmaker the side has lacked in recent seasons.
“The opportunity to play was getting less and I felt that at my age, I wanted to play every week and hopefully I’ll get a chance to here,” Adam told Stoke’s official website.
“It’s a great Club that is going in the right direction – the foundations are here. They’ve been progressing ever since they’ve been in the Premier League and it’s great to be part of it and hopefully we can have a successful time together.”
Pulis hopes Adam’s past penchant for scoring goals, something he struggled to do for Liverpool last season, will help Stoke climb even higher in the table.
“Not only will his creativity and his eye for delivering a pass be a great asset to us, he scored twelve goals for Blackpool in the Premier League two seasons ago,” Pulis told Stoke’s official website. “In fact, he scored 28 League goals for Blackpool over two seasons which is a fantastic return for a midfield player. We are looking for more goals from all areas of the team and his arrival gives us more competition for places in that department.”
Adam joins American international and another former Rangers player Maurice Edu as Stoke’s two most recent signings of the summer. Stoke also signed American Geoff Cameron from Major League Soccer side the Houston Dynamo.