Many Stoke fans would have been shocked and left aghast at the news that Mama Sidibe has signed a new one year contract. The Mali striker hasn’t played for the Potters since his horrific knee injury in August 2010, and has suffered two major set-backs since. The latest of which, should see him return in August.
His ability at the highest level may be questioned, the Premier League in truth is perhaps a step too high, and his age counts against him as Pulis tries to invest in younger players. But Stoke have an image, a working class image, a loyal image that sticks to its roots and celebrates its history, the clubs motto is based on pride.
Sidibe has played a very important part in the clubs history, not only did he form one of the most successful partnerships the Britannia has ever seen alongside Ricardo Fuller, but he had a knack of popping up with very important goals in big games. The crucial two goals he scored against Bristol City which put us in a firm position for promotion and the late winner for the clubs first ever Premier League win are just two. He helped to build the club we support in the top flight today
Mama has been a loyal servant to the club, so it’s only right we are loyal back. He has had the most difficult two years any professional player could imagine, and has said if it wasn’t for Stoke he would have retired long ago, so the faith we are showing in him is very important.
There have been several times where I have disagree with Tony Pulis, but his loyalty to the players who have helped make the Stoke the club they are today is admirable. At the end of next season when this latest contract expires, and in all likelihood Sidibe leaves, we can say goodbye to a man all Potters fans hold close to their hearts. Mama Sidibe = Modern Club Legend.