Stoke City fans are undecided this season
Believe Stoke City have a realistic chance of winning a trophy
Stoke City fans are presently mostly feeling Hope
Stoke City's fans table estimates averaged a placing of 8.5
77% of Stoke City fans are happy with the team's current management
Stoke City fans want to see a Striker transfer
Are satisfied with Stoke City's recruitment so far this summer
Aden Flint / Free / Cardiff
The towering central defender is dominant in the air and poses a major threat from set-pieces. 4/5
Josh Laurent / Free / Reading
Stoke have handed a three-year contract to utility man Laurent, whose best position is the holding midfield role. 3/5
Harry Clarke / Loan / Arsenal
The 21-year-old centre-back did well on loan in Scotland last year and Michael O'Neill is hopeful he can unlock the potential of Clarke, who has been described as having Arsenal pedigree. 3/5
Gavin Kilkenny / Loan / Bournemouth
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international is a technically sound player who will look to keep Stoke ticking over in central midfield but lacks the physicality to really dominate a game at Championship level. 2/5
Liam McCarron / Undisclosed / Leeds
Stoke were keen to add more pace to the side this summer and have gone some way to addressing that with the signing of McCarron, who will compete with Josh Tymon for the left wing-back role. 3/5
Dwight Gayle / Undisclosed / Newcastle
Dwight Gayle has been on the fringes of the Newcastle first team for the last couple of years but he bagged 23 goals in his last season in the Championship back in 2018-19 and gives the Potters some added experience in the final third. 3/5
Will Smallbone / Loan / Stoke
Will Smallbone has been on the fringes of Southampton's first team since making his debut back in 2020 but could excel in the Championship at Stoke, where he can offer a decent creative threat from the number eight or ten positions. 3/5
Free / Reading
Loan / Rijeka
Undisclosed / Millwall
Free / Dundee United
Free / Derby County
Free / Middlesbrough
Free / Swansea
Stoke have finished 16th, 15th, 14th, 14th and 14th in their five seasons in the Championship.
Stoke placed eighth in the Championship's first-half table last season, having trailed at the break in only eight of their fixtures in 2021-22.
Only promoted duo Fulham and Bournemouth failed to score in fewer Championship matches than Stoke (nine), who struck 57 goals last season.
Stoke had the seventh-worst disciplinary record in the Championship last season with 88 yellow cards and four reds.
Stoke have been serial underachievers and appear no nearer to realising their promotion dream. The Potters' board have shown patience with Michael O'Neill, who has been well-supported in the transfer market. Stoke continue to invest and could crack the top half for the first time since leaving the Premier League in 2017-18, but they may lack the firepower to break into the top six.
Stoke to finish in the top half
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