Oct 29, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​bet365 Stadium
StokeStoke City
N'Zonzi (48'), Biram Diouf (82')
Bardsley (64'), Wilson (65'), Adam (76'), Crouch (87')
Crouch (88')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Pelle (6', 88'), Long (30')
Fonte (87'), Pelle (90')

Danny Higginbotham: 'Stoke City too close to other big clubs'

Former Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham claims that the Potters' close proximity to other big clubs stops them from sourcing the best local young players.

Former Stoke City midfielder Danny Higginbotham has claimed that the Potters struggle to bring young players through because of their close proximity to other major clubs, citing tonight's League Cup opponents Southampton as a comparison.

While the Saints' closest elite club is Chelsea, around 70 miles away from St Mary's, the Britannia Stadium is less than 50 miles away from Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Higginbotham is quoted by the Stoke Sentinel as saying: "Southampton have no local competition when signing new players, whereas Stoke have got around three or four clubs they have to compete with to sign just one player.

"When I was at Southampton in 2003, they had some amazing players coming through. They were all local because no other club was there to sniff around.

"Stoke have been unfortunate to miss out on some players in the past. Look at James Wilson at Manchester United. He's one of their hottest prospects, and he is from Stoke-on-Trent."

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Bojan Krkic of Stoke City in action during the pre season friendly match between Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City at Ewood Park on August 03, 2014
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