I'm backing Huth to be put on spot for Potters
IS it time to change Stoke's penalty taker?
Jon Walters has clearly shot his bolt.
Never one to fill fans with total confidence with the ball on the spot and only the keeper to face, Walters has now missed three of his last five from 12 yards.
And it proved oh so costly on Saturday.
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Not only that, but Walters' effort was both in the same corner as he always aims, and hit with about as much force as the gentle breeze.
But who should replace Super Jon now he's, well, not quite so super from the spot?
Of the strikers, quite frankly, I don't fancy Crouch, Jerome or Jones with a dead ball at their feet.
Much as they may be expected to find the net for Stoke from open play, I feel there are better dead-ball strikers who are regular starters.
Matty Etherington has plenty of prior experience of course, but lost the job because of a couple of misses, so is hardly going to be volunteering any time soon.
As we know, confidence is such a big part of taking penalties, so perhaps that gives us a clue as to the identity of the new man charged with 12-yard duties?
Glenn Whelan takes a lot of free-kicks and corners. He is also apparently a bit of a 'daddy' both on the field and in the dressing room. So Glenn won't mind the responsibility and can hit a static ball cleanly.
Often with some form of placement.
In fact that is who I expect TP to turn to, but it's not the man I'd personally choose.
I would be asking the man who would strike the most fear into an opposing goalies' heart when they saw him striding forward confidently to place the ball on the spot.
The man that keepers would instantly think 'Blimey, I don't fancy getting in the way of this!'
Yes, I would have Robert Huth stepping up to the mark.
The Berlin Wall would positively hammer the ball towards the net from the penalty spot, and goalkeepers would do well to keep out of the way.
We've seen how his free-kicks have an unerring way of finding the back of the net, so why not with just thin air between him and goal?
His ice-cool temperament would mean he wouldn't fall prey to nerves.
In fact, Huth has more bottle than Dairy Crest.
And the sooner he starts firing our penalty kicks past opposing goalkeepers the better for Stoke City.;