In March, there was a genuine concern for Stoke City fans that the team might end up in a relegation dogfight that they wouldn’t emerge from.
However, consecutive victories against QPR and Norwich at the end of April were followed up by a draw with Sunderland on May 6 to just barely confirm their Premier League status for next season.
There is still a tense atmosphere surrounding the Britannia stadium though, and Stoke City fans have begun to wonder if there is life beyond manager Tony Pulis, the man who led them to the Premier League in 2008 and has kept them there ever since.
Some supporters have become a little tired of his combative brand of play and want to see a more attacking style incorporated into their approach.
For this to occur, Pulis needs to add more innovative and creative individuals to his squad.
Here are three players that would help to achieve this goal and steer the Potters clear of the relegation zone.