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Three Players Stoke City Should Target To Break Into The Top 10 Next Season

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

Stoke City have not been through a very satisfactory season in their last term in the Premier League and are looking for a turn in their fortune in the upcoming season. They are well aware of the fact that they will have to go up against some of the best teams in Europe and for that, will have to bring in a number of new players in the team to strengthen their side.

A number of players have been eyed by Mark Hughes, the current man in charge at the Bet365 Stadium, to be brought into the line-up for the next season. The Welshman has been kept in charge despite a dissatisfactory performance in the last season. However, he knows that this could be very much his last season in charge of the Potters if he fails to repeat the performance of the two seasons prior to the last one, where he led his club to finish in the ninth position on both occasions.

The Potters have already made a good start in the transfer market by notching up the West Bromwich Albion midfielder Darren Fletcher on a two-year long deal. Nonetheless, Stoke City are looking to bring in more players who might give them the much-needed impetus for getting positive results under their belt in the next season.

Three players who can help them revive their game in the next season are-

Ben Gibson-

The English centre-back has been in fine form and has played a pivotal role in the Boro defence throughout the last season. However, it was too little too late to save his club from getting relegated from the Premier League just after one season in top flight football. Reportedly, Stoke City have already tabled a bid of £12 million to bring in the player for the next season, only to see it get rejected by Middlesbrough, who are looking to get at least £20 million for him.

Wayne Rooney-

The Manchester United player has been far from his prime and might be offloaded in the next season. While it is being rumoured that he will be leaving for China in the summer, there is a long-shot that the Potters might make a shock move worth £45 million to get the player into their team in the next term.

Fabian Delph-

The English midfielder might be sold by Manchester City for £12 million in the summer and Stoke is in contention to bring him in for the next season to strengthen their midfield.

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