Stoke City: Jermaine Pennant offered clean slate at Potters
JERMAINE Pennant has been told he can return to Stoke City with a clean slate when his loan spell at Wolves ends this week.
The 29-year-old winger was sent to Wolves in October to end a troubled spell on and off the field at Stoke.
But the club's hierarchy hopes previous problems – including a drink/driving conviction – are now history.
Assistant boss Dave Kemp acknowledged that Pennant earned mixed reviews at Molineux after starting 10 matches and adding a further five substitute appearances.
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"I don't think he played as much as he would have liked," said Kemp, "but he comes back a Stoke player and we take things from there.
"It hasn't been the easiest of times because results haven't been great, so it doesn't sound as though he was a roaring success."
Last weekend's change of manager at Molineux, which saw Dean Saunders replace Stale Solbakken appears to have dashed whatever chance there was of Wolves making a permanent offer for Pennant.
Stoke will listen to offers during the transfer window for Pennant before then deciding whether to add him to their 25-man Premier League squad when it has to be named at the end of the month.
Stoke's medical staff will be keeping a close eye on Michael Owen's progress in the wake of his first start at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
He played in a deep-lying role at Selhurst Park and Kemp, who said Owen had suffered no reaction, acknowledged that the 33-year-old former England striker was having to change his game.
"If he had been the player he was, he'd have been racing away from defenders," he said.
"Players have to adapt when they get older and that's what he's doing."
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