Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has said in no uncertain terms that he has no intention’ of selling Trinidad and Tobago striker Kenwyne Jones and winger Jermain Pennant.
Hughes comments were recorded in the Sentinel newspaper in England, after Jones scored on the weekend. However, while the Stoke manager seems sold on Jones being a Stoke player in the future, fans who commented on the article, adamantly felt the T&T player should be sold.
T&T captain Jones made only his 10th appearance of the season on Saturday as he scored during the Potters’ 2-1 win over Leicester City in the FA Cup third round.
When asked if the 29-year-old could leave the club in January, Hughes told The Sentinel newspaper: “That’s not the intention. We’ve had problems scoring goals and so we’ve got to keep players who can get you a goal, and he showed he’s an option for us.”
Jones saw action for the first time in five weeks when scoring the first item in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Leicester to tee up a fourth-round tie at Chelsea.
And Pennant didn’t even make the bench on Saturday after conceding a late penalty four days earlier—and being widely criticised for being pictured on the internet as Oussama Bin Laden at a fancy dress party.
But Hughes was pretty adamant about their immediate future by stating: “Kenwyne has had to be patient and I haven’t been able to give him too many opportunities.
“He lost his place to Peter (Crouch) and has had to bide his time, but when he plays like that he will always be a threat to teams.”
On Pennant, Hughes said there was no place on the bench because he needed defensive back-up, adding: “He’s here until the end of the season, at least.” Below are comments from the Sentinel newspaper.
Ladypotters72 - Sparky best tell Kenwyne it’s in his job description to score goals!!!
StokieJonesy1 - Sell Kenwyne. Buy Mame Biram Diouf
Comicrelief - All I have to ask in regards to this article is .Why not ?
Holeinhole - That’s them gone then! That’s have a good clean-out before that’s too late this term
RW Stripes - I’m sorry Kenwyne doesn’t show enough commitment or desire and only plays to his full potential one game in five. Yes he is great on his day, but his day is all too infrequent. I have said before if he had an ounce of Fuller’s aggression he would be unplayable and no centre half in the league would welcome facing him. Unless he ups his workrate, I’m afraid he needs to go.
Jeffrey12011 - Pennant is a liability. Let him go. Jones no longer inspires in the Prem. Let him go as well.
bex41 - The problem with Jones is that he only plays like he did against lower division teams, and we ought to let him go!
LiamOSullivan - So will Jones be offered a new five year contract and a well deserved raise in pay for record amount of time spent on the bench?