Steve Sidwell

Position: Centre Midfield
Joined: 9th June 2014
Fee: Free
Total Appearances: 16 [as at 08/08/15]
Goals: 0 [as at 08/08/15]
Career Path: Arsenal, Brentford (loan), Beveren (loan), Brighton and Hove Albion (loan), Reading, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Fulham, Stoke City.

Steve Sidwell joined Stoke on a free transfer in June 2014 following the relegation of Fulham to the Championship to re-join manager Mark Hughes. As one of the more impressive players at Fulham, it was perhaps a surprise for him to see himself on the bench so often.

When signing for the club he told the club website: “There were two factors behind my decision to join Stoke – the first being the fact that it’s a club that is really moving forward. Then there’s the manager because he’s a man that I have the highest regard for.”

He is yet to make a major impact in the Stoke side finding it difficult to dislodge ‘super’ Glenn Whelan and Steven N’Zonzi in the holding midfield role, but with the latter leaving the club, there is an opportunity to challenge his replacement Marco Van Ginkel for a starting spot.

His debut came away at Hull City in a 1-1 draw and with injury to Ryan Shawcross and a full pre-season behind him, Sidwell is expected to be in the running to take the captain’s armband in his absence.