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Stoke City Somehow Set The Bar Even Lower For Cringeworthy Player Unveilings

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Wacky player unveilings are fast becoming the new Ice Bucket Challenge, and Stoke City have now weighed in with their own effort.

Clubs across England and wider Europe have been utilising various means such as FIFA (Roma), Snapchat (Yeovil) and Whatsapp (Aston Villa) recently in an effort to make the maximum impact online with the new players they are signing for their clubs.

West Brom had Jay Rodriguez reply directly to a fan demanding new signings, Arsenal had some sort of word puzzle to announce Sead Kolasinac (though, lets’ face it, they’re only warming up for Alexandre Lacazette’s unveiling) while Reading published a Batman-themed cartoon piece for manager Jaap Stam’s contract renewal.

Stoke’s effort seems pretty tame in comparison, truth be told, but gains (or loses, depending on how one evaluates these things) for the player’s reaction.

On Wednesday afternoon, Stoke made the risky decision of mimicking the modern habit of demanding signings after every social media post the club in question makes:

Less than minutes later, all was revealed. Stoke released a video of the message being typed, only for the proverbial curtain to be pulled back and the person typing the post to be new signing Josh Tymon, who joins from Hull City. It is, however, Tymon’s awkward thumbs-up and bemused smile that makes this unveiling stand out.

Of course, social media being what it is, the whole operation went pretty much as is to be expected:

Tymon, an 18-year-old defender, has signed a five-year deal at Stoke on a free transfer after rejecting a new contract with Championship side Hull, where he made five appearances after breaking into the first-team under Marco Silva.

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