When Mark Hughes took over from the legendary Tony Pulis just over three months ago he was not given a welcoming reception and set about his task of a top ten finish, with Peter Coates telling him the funds were readily available.
We are now three games into the new Premier League season and Stoke are sitting in a very respectable fifth position just above Champions Manchester United after a loss and two wins in their opening three games.
But it is way to early to be looking at the table, so what we should be looking at are the players Hughes has brought in to strengthen the squad this summer.
Eric Pieters - Joined from PSV for around £3 million and slotted in quite nicely for Stoke in their first game at Liverpool, Stoke went on to lose that game but Pieters was the stand out performer and has only improved in the last two games.
Marc Munesia - Joined on a free transfer from Barcelona, was one of the Spanish U21 European Cup winners but hasn't made a dent at The Britannia Stadium yet, he made his debut in the 3-1 win over Walsall in the League Cup and looked a pacey little defender, one for the future I think.
Juan Agudelo - Another American to be added to the mix at the Britannia but he won't sign until January on a free transfer from New England Revolution. He looks like a powerful striker with an instinct for goal, I just hope he makes the switch from Soccer to Football as well as Geoff Cameron has.
Oussama Assaidi - On loan for the rest of the season from Liverpool, Assaidi made his debut in the latter half of the 3-1 win over Walsall. He hadn't had a training session before hand and came straight on to set Charlie Adam through on goal. He is an exciting winger that many Stoke fans hope to see more of.
Marko Arnautović - Joined just yesterday from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen for an undisclosed fee, the striker/winger signing has been welcomed by Stoke fans who have been praying for a striker to come through the doors all summer.
Stephen Ireland - Joined on loan for the season from Aston Villa. He proved his worth under Mark Hughes at Manchester City and is hoping to relive some of the best moments of his career in The Potteries.
Overall £5 million has been spent by Stoke City to bring in all the above signings, Hughes continues to prove his doubters wrong in the best kind of way. It can only get better for Stoke fans.
Out going players include: Ryan Shotton on a season long loan at Wigan. Cameron Jerome on a season long loan at Crystal Palace and Michael Kightly on a season long loan at Burnley.
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