Charlie Adam says relegated Stoke players have been "getting away with murder"

Charlie Adam says "four or five" of his Stoke teammates had been "getting away with murder" prior to the Potters’ relegation from the Premier League.

Paul Lambert’s side went down on Saturday after they let a one-goal lead slip to lose 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace.

And speaking on BBC Radio Five Live , Adam didn’t hold back when it came to his teammates.

"It’s embarrassing because we should never have been in that situation," said the 32-year-old.

"As a group you have your seven or eight who try their hardest to make it work and we failed.

"A lack of discipline from certain players has been embarrassing.

"I’ll be honest for the supporters, I think some players have been getting away with murder for a long time and it’s difficult for supporters. It’s not just one or two, I think there are four or five that could be counted."

Adam cited the summer loss of Marko Arnautovic to West Ham as the key reason behind the Potter’s underperformance.

"The biggest thing for us is we never replaced Marko," he continued.

"You can lose players, but when you lose players who can win you a game you are going to struggle. As a group of players we should hang our heads in shame because that club should never be relegated.

"We know what’s going to happen. People will lose their jobs and we’re the ones to blame for that."

Adam also followed goalkeeper Jack Butland in criticising Stoke’s recruitment.

"We’ve spent a lot of money but you need to do your homework and have the right characters coming in," he said.

"The biggest problem now is social media – because players cheat themselves.

"When you go home from training you should not be able to go for extra sessions with personal trainers. You’re conning yourself, your team-mates and the club."

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