Mid table mediocrity predicted for Potters
It`s that time again, when anyone, who is anyone in the world of football punditry gives their upcoming views about the new season. Here`s what they`ve had to say about Stoke`s chances next season.
Sky Sport`s Jamie Redknapp
"Tony Pulis' team were a disappointment last year. They spent big money on players like Wilson Palacios and Peter Crouch and were trying to move up a level, but had a really disappointing finish in 14th. Everyone is looking to Stoke to move on this year and the fans - who are brilliant - may want more. For the first time there may be pressure on the team to perform better than they did in the previous season."
The Guardian`s Paul Wilson
"It is hard to envisage Stoke rolling over and becoming a soft touch while Pulis remains in charge, and their crowd alone will help ensure the Britannia remains a challenging place for opponents to win points, so unless early results are spectacularly bad there seems no need to panic. A safe, mid-table berth appears to be eminently attainable once again."
"The club have not gained much over the summer, though Rangers' Jamie Ness is a decent passer. Plenty of deadwood has been shifted."
The Telegraph`s Marco Monteverde
"The Potters will again be hard to beat at home but lack the finesse to finish in the top half of the table."
As you can see, all of them believe that we will be safe from the drop but don`t expect us to burst through our glass ceiling and break into the top half of the table.