Stoke fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern are excited to see the start of their ninth consecutive Premier League season.
The Potters start the season travelling to an Everton side who have recruited strongly this season, with the biggest news coming from Goodison Park being the arrival of Wayne Rooney back to the club from Manchester United.
In contrast to Ronald Koeman’s men, our landlord has perceived Stoke’s transfer business to be a bit of a slow burner in a summer which has seen huge sums of money thrown around the Premier League and beyond, Mark Hughes has really struggled to find the players he wants to join his Stoke side.
Of course, Hughes still has just under a month to improve his squad and the signing of Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting on a free transfer will be a boost and this move will go along way to replacing the departure of Marko Arnautovic to West Ham earlier in the Summer.
With Arnautovic gone, the Potters in the Tavern have actually been discussing who will replace the Austrian in the line up and the talk has moved to who Mark Hughes will pick for the opening game of the season, our landlord has actually weighed in and he believes Stoke have a great chance to beat an Everton side that still need to gel due to the number of new recruitment made. In saying this, he has outlined an XI that may be able to demolish the Toffees.
Let’s check it out here…