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The Chalkboard: Where will Stoke’s new signing Danny Batth fit in at the bet365 Stadium?

Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Danny Batth has now completed a move to Stoke City, according to the Potters’ official website.

What’s the story?

Stoke have been in the market for a centre-back this month, with the Potters struggling defensively during the 2018/19 campaign.

The form of club captain Ryan Shawcross has been called into question by a number of Stoke fans, although he is not the only one to have been criticised.

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Stoke have now secured Batth’s signature, with the 28-year-old leaving Wolves on a permanent deal.

Batth was on loan at Middlesbrough but played 21 times under Nuno Espirito Santo last season as they stormed to the Championship title.

The Englishman became surplus to requirements upon Wolves’ promotion to the top flight, however, and has now been allowed to leave the club.

Will Batth’s arrival be bad news for Shawcross?

Standing at 6ft 3in and boasting plenty of Championship experience, Batth is a terrific signing for Stoke at a very reasonable price.

The Potters have conceded 37 Championship goals this season and their poor form continued at the weekend when they lost 2-0 at home to Preston North End.

As mentioned, the form of Shawcross has been particularly dodgy and Batth represents a welcome alternative to the Potters veteran.

Promotion looks well beyond Stoke this term, but the arrival of Batth will stand them in good stead going forward as they look to consolidate in the second half of this season ahead of a potential challenge in the 2019/20 campaign.

Nathan Jones’ first signing as Stoke boss looks set to be a very good one, but he should be hoping that more follow before the January transfer window comes to a close.

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