Commons grounds for Cotterill concern
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The rookie teenage midfielder scored a splendid solo goal during Monday's draw with Norwich City, and must have caught the eye of the watching scouts.
Liverpool's Phil Thompson was perhaps the most high-profile representative in the stands, but Mick Brown of Manchester United, Everton's Alan Irvine and Bolton scout Jeff Thompson were also believed to be present.
Cotterill, clearly enjoying life in the Potteries, has jokingly claimed he will bid to be uncontactable until after the new European transfer deadline passes at the weekend.
Commons is already making a name for himself with Stoke, but is likely to remain at the club for some time yet.
"When does that Premiership transfer window shut?" enquired Cotterill after the game with the high-flying Canaries.
"I think I will leave the phone off the hook.
"I haven't had any conversations about transfers with the chairman and now he's gone back to Iceland.
"There could be some interference on the phone if he rings me before the deadline!"