Stoke City: Have they Stopped Progressing under Mark Hughes?

Stoke City: Have they Stopped Progressing under Mark Hughes?

During the 2007/08 Championship season, Tony Pulis won promotion with Stoke City to the Premier League, finishing runners-up to West Bromwich Albion. Many would have been unable to predict what would follow for the Potters, with the club still holding their place in the top flight to this day. The following season, Pulis guided Stoke to a 12th-placed finish, whilst West Brom finished bottom of the Premier League table. The other promoted side, Hull City, meanwhile, avoided relegation by the …
Saido Berahino to Stoke: Will It Be Worth the Trouble for Mark Hughes?

Saido Berahino to Stoke: Will It Be Worth the Trouble for Mark Hughes?

If we check out any of the transfer rumours about Liverpool from 2015 and 2016, especially those that provide many rumours in one article, we can be almost certain that one name will feature in majority of those articles – Saido Berahino. Similarly, for Tottenham Hotspurs, if we check out any of the rumour bundles, especially from late 2015 till summer of 2016, the English youngster features in many of them. So, when I saw the news earlier this month, that …
Has Stoke's Fortress Been Knocked Down?

Has Stoke's Fortress Been Knocked Down?

Beneath the overcast skies and amongst the silenced crowd at Bet365 Stadium, Stoke City were being tortured and torn apart at will by Mauricio Pochettino's impressive Tottenham outfit. A Son Heung Min brace and a goal each from the young Dele Alli and Harry Kane handed Spurs a win that would probably go on to recapitulate the peak of their form at the end of the season. And the sauntering of Mark Hughes' men came just months after Tottenham had …
Have Stoke City had a Good Season?

Have Stoke City had a Good Season?

The 2015-2016 Premier League season has come to an end.  Leicester City won the league (yeah, that’s still weird to type), Aston Villa finished bottom and were relegated for the first time in the Premier League, then there was a whole lot of stuff in between.  It’s time for teams, fans, and the media to evaluate and analyze how teams have done. Some teams are pretty easy to evaluate; Leicester: good, Villa and Newcastle: bad.  Some other teams are much …
Stoke City v. Liverpool | League Cup Semi-Final Preview

Stoke City v. Liverpool | League Cup Semi-Final Preview

The recent history of this fixture gets fans of either side in a twist before kickoff.  The Britannia stadium is host to a team in peculiar form at the moment.  Stoke have looked a revitalized side in several big-game matches: 4-3 at Everton, and 2-0 against both Manchester United and Manchester City in the month of December.  But, in the very same month, the Potters have lost to West Brom and Crystal Palace while playing West Ham to a draw. No …
Stoke City v Chelsea | League Cup 4th Round Preview

Stoke City v Chelsea | League Cup 4th Round Preview

With the English League Cup set to keep us all entertained in midweek, the headline fixture will take place at the Britannia Stadium when defending champions Chelsea make what is usually a daunting trip for any side in England. Stoke will go into this game on the back of a disappointing home defeat against newly promoted Watford and should be desperate to right the wrongs against Mourinho's men who have had a very poor and uncharacteristic season in many ways, …
Andriy Yarmolenko: the Beginning of a New Era for Stoke City?

Andriy Yarmolenko: the Beginning of a New Era for Stoke City?

Van Ginkel, Joselu, Shaqiri, Yarmolenko. 4, 3, even 2 years ago, to even link such stars with Stoke City would have been met with ridicule, and I’m sure even the most avid of City supporters would have cast doubt over such speculation. Fast forward to the present day, and fans will surely be rubbing their eyes, scarcely able to believe what the papers have been reporting in recent weeks. The Potters, only promoted to the top flight in 2008, are …
Stoke City vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Stoke City vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

After a run of six consecutive wins in the Premier League that saw Manchester City cut down an eight point gap the top of the table, they have not won in their last five games and helped open up Chelsea's lead at the top to seven points. This is their worst run for over five years as a result of which, Mark Hughes was sacked back in 2009. The former Manchester United defender will be looking to complete a rare double over his former employers having clinched …
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