It has just been confirmed that Stoke City have released winger Jermaine Pennant. The move comes as no surprise as Pennant has yet to start a league game all season, and has only 8 substitution appearances amounting to a grand total of 178 minutes out of a possible 1980.
At the age of 31 it appears Pennant's days as a Premier League player are all but finished. Last season he only played in one Premier League game for Stoke all season and was subsequently loaned out to struggling Wolverhapton Wanderers. He made 15 appearances for Wolves in the Championship last year, but Pennant was routinely booed after poor performances. In the end he could not keep Wolves from suffering back to back relegation.
With that said, it was all the more surprised Mark Hughes re-signed Pennant on a new one year deal in June 2013. This was done on the premise of Pennant's latent ability; unfortunately, as is normally the case with Pennant, he failed to deliver on his potential and at the age of 31, it is highly unlikely he will ever get the chance to reach his full potential.
Nonetheless, Pennant leaves the Premier League with many highlights: a hat trick against Southampton in 2003; winning the Community Shield with both Arsenal and Liverpool in 2004 and 2006; receiving a Champions League runners up medal in 2007 with Liverpool and helping to keep Real Zaragoza in La Liga in 2010.