Stoke City signed Nigeria Peter Etebo from Feirense in 2018 for £6.48 million. Yet, since arriving at the Potters, Etebo has played sparingly, spending more time out on loan than with the Stoke City first team. In four seasons on the books at Stoke City, Etebo has appeared in just 51 matches in all competitions.
Out of favour since 2019, Etebo has spent the last three seasons on loan at Getafe, Galatasaray, and Watford. Now, with one season left on his Stoke City contract, Etebo finds himself unwanted once more. Are you ready for the new football season in the Championship? If you are then you will want to have the latest betting apps for your smartphone. Get the latest information on the best mobile betting apps before the football kicks off.
The Nigerian midfielder returned to Stoke City following a loan at Premier League club Watford in 2021-22. He couldn’t help the club stay up as Watford were relegated back to the Championship. Watford did not take the option to retain Etebo for a transfer fee this offseason, allowing him to go back to the Bet365 Stadium.
However, Etebo is now looking for a club as Stoke City are not interested in keeping him for next term. Unfortunately, there is a bit of confusion around Etebo’s current contract. It is believed after four years with Stoke City, the fifth year of the deal is a club option, which the Potters have no desire to pick up.
While this is not known for sure at the moment, what is known is that Etebo is not with the Potters as the Championship campaign nears. Even if Etebo does have one season left on his contract, Stoke City are likely to be interested in terminating it.
Etebo earns £29,000 per week for an annual salary £1.508 million per season. He earns a significant amount of money for a player in the Championship, especially one that doesn’t play often. Based on Stoke City’s salaries from 2021-22, Etebo is a top-two earner. In is no wonder the club is desperate to get his wages off the books.
When Stoke City went to Cork, Ireland for preseason training, Etebo was the only member of the squad, not injured or on loan elsewhere, not with the team. Manager Michael O’Neill left the midfielder at home, where he continues to pick up a paycheck but not play.
Etebo could get a transfer to a club elsewhere in the Championship. Yet, anywhere he goes, he will have one big issue, his salary. Few teams will be willing to pay Etebo’s £29,000 per week, especially when he has barely played over the last three seasons.
Had a nasty injury not occurred to Etebo last season at Watford, he might still be there this season. The midfielder suffered a quad muscle injury that kept him sidelined for three months. By the time Etebo was back fit, the Hornets had a new manager and plans had changed at the club.
Injury, managerial changes, and a high salary all stopped Watford from making Etebo’s deal permanent. Now, the Nigerian looks for a new club.