Stoke City boss Hughes to give Imbula one more chance this season

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Mark Hughes believes midfielder Giannelli Imbula has the potential to improve his performance before deciding to sell at the end of the season.

Imbula’s struggle to get more game time has failed to impress the Stoke City boss.

But Hughes says he will give him one more chance to improve before sealing his fate at Stoke.

“We can all see the quality Gianelli has got, he hasn’t had as many games as he would have liked,” he said.

“However, he still has time to get more game time and hopefully impress in those times.

“He had a bright start when he first came in, but he needs a consistent level of performance and he struggled to maintain that.

“We have invested a lot of money in him, but we feel there’s more to come from him.”

Imbula has been restricted to just 14 first team appearances so far this season.

Hughes added: “Some elements of his game aren’t as good as his ability with the ball.

“And at times, when against the opposition, we could have gone with different combinations.

“I would have liked him to grab his opportunity and be able to stay in the team.

“He still has time from now until the end of the season, so hopefully he’ll impress.”

Imbula, 24, signed for the Potters in January from Porto for £18.3 million.

Yet Stoke are now ready to sell him for a cut price fee of £10m.

Stoke City next play Liverpool tomorrow (Saturday April 8), kick off at 3pm.

Watch Hughes look ahead to the match, below:

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