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The 72cast's Matt Watts on EFL gems who could be suitable for Stoke

Stoke City expert view.
Stoke City expert view.

With the winter transfer window having almost closed, Stoke City will be looking ahead as to who they could sign in the summer, and the 72cast's Matt Watts has named three areas in particular where the club could strengthen.

"At centre-half, someone that I really like is Charlie Hughes at Wigan. Charlie Hughes is 20-years-old, he's an England youth international, he's played a lot of minutes for Wigan this season and he is someone that has attracted a bit of attention from teams in the Premier League. I've also picked out Eoin Toal at Bolton, an Irish defender, he's a very big, strapping defender. 24, very good in both boxes. I think he is someone who, if Bolton don't go up this year, could well move onto a Championship club in the summer.

"At left-back, Harrison Burrows at Peterborough. Harrison Burrows has really stood out this season, three goals and eight assists for a really good, young, attacking Peterborough side. He's also quite versatile as well, he can play left midfield, he can play centre midfield, so he's someone that I really like. Someone like Jodi Jones at Notts County could be a good shout. He's already equalled the record for League Two assists this season, he's having a fantastic campaign.

On the striker front, he added: "Macaulay Langstaff. He scored loads of goals for Notts County in the National League last season, quite a prominent part in the Wrexham documentary, he's carried that on in League Two. He's already got 20 goals in the league this season, five assists as well. He's only 26, and when you bear in mind he hasn't really played a lot of EFL football, you'd like to think that there's a lot more development there."