Kurt Zouma has a point to prove but a lack of creativity could mean Stoke are ripe for relegation

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MANAGER

Mark Hughes

STAR MAN

Xherdan Shaqiri

LAST SEASON

13th

TOP SCORER

Peter Crouch (7)

KEY INS

Darren Fletcher (West Brom, free), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea, loan)

Darren Fletcher

Darren Fletcher

KEY OUTS

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke, £20m), Jonathan Walters (Burnley, £3m), Phil Bardsley (Burnley, £700k)

REASONS TO BE POSITIVE

No matter the season, no matter the squad, no matter the opposition – Stoke will seemingly always finish around mid-table and fans will continue to enjoy Premier League football.

REASONS TO BE PESSIMISTIC

A lack of arrivals means an average squad is treading water and they could be caught, especially as their once-resiliant defence appears to be in decline.

ONE TO WATCH

Until his ACL in 2016, Kurt Zouma was the future of the Chelsea and France defence. Has a point to prove and will have an eye on Russia 2018.

Kurt Zouma

Kurt Zouma

EXPECTATION

Ahead of their 10th successive top-flight season the goal is to halt last season’s slide and rediscover their hard-to-beat mentality.

REALITY

Lack goals, have lost one of their most creative players in Arnautovic and appear ripe for a relegation fight.

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