Heavily criticised during the first half of the season, Giannelli Imbula, on loan from Stoke City at Toulouse in Ligue 1, has turned his season around.

The former Marseille midfielder has gone from being pulled early from games and having strops to becoming one of the key members of the French team as they try and avoid relegation to Ligue 2.

La Dépêche in France have an article on the five squad members Toulouse will be relying on in the coming weeks, and they include the Stoke City man.

Left on the bench during the last game against Dijon, the French newspaper explain his absence was felt in the Ligue 1 side’s midfield, as their attacking play lacked the penetration the 25-year-old brings with his technique.

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Admitting himself he arrived from Stoke ‘lacking everything’, Imbula feels he’s turned a new leaf since January, and the Potters will be glad to know they’ll be getting a player with some confidence back in June.

While they’ll probably be in the Championship by then, they know there will most likely be some interest in his services.

If not from Toulouse (he might be a bit too expensive for them, especially if they end up in Ligue 2), then from another French team.