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Stoke Fans Hail Man Of The Match Etebo

Stoke Fans Hail Man Of The Match Etebo

By Nurudeen Obalola:

Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo was the star of the show on Saturday as Stoke City claimed their first win of the season in the English Championship.

Etebo, who has struggled to adapt to the English game since arriving from Portugal this season, was making only his second start for the Potters in his fifth game. He started the season opener, a 3-1 defeat at Leeds United, but came off the bench in the second half in the three games that followed, before Saturday’s much-needed win over Hull City. James McCLean and Mame Diouf goals secured the win for Stoke City.

Etebo was outstanding in the Stoke midfield and was named man of the match. After the match, Stoke City put up a poll on their Twitter handle for fans to vote for their most impressive player between Etebo, McClean, Saido Berahino and Cuca Martina.


Stoke City confirmed the final result on Sunday morning. Etebo won with 52 per cent of the over 1,000 votes, well ahead of Berahino with 25 per cent and McClean with 155 per cent, while Martina got 8 per cent.

“@etebo_karo gets your vote for #MOTM during yesterday’s win against @HullCity. 52% of you voted for the talented Nigerian,” Stoke City tweeted.

Beneath the tweet, several fans praised Etebo.”Etebo man of the match but Berahino a close 2nd. Both did well,” wrote Karl Podmore.

“Etebo clearly deserved his man of the match award, but McClean showed the biggest improvement of the lot,” Jamie McQueen added.

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  • Christiano 4 years ago

    If McClean get 155% as una yan, then na him win the man of the man.

  • Etebo struggling (what struggle)?

    Yes it is true Etebo lost his starting position after the first game of the season however I don’t think it was because he struggled necessarily.

    The truth is Stoke City as a team have struggled to adapt to life in the English Championship. If they thought it was going to be easy, they thought wrong – it is going to be a long, long season.

    Etebo is fast growing into one of the most influential Super Eagles player and it will be great to see him contribute to inspiring Stoke city back to the English Premier League ( the sort of league that Etebo belongs).

    As the AFCON (under-23) winner has regained his starting 11 spot, performances like that of yesterday can only make Etebo cement his place in the squad.

    _Player Ratings_

    On stokecentinal.co.uk, Etebo was rated below:

    ETEBO: An energetic and frequently enterprising presence in midfield to justify recall to the starting line up 7/10.