Impressive progress continues at the Britannia Stadium.
1. Mohamed Diame
In some ways, Stoke City have illustrated exactly how a team promoted from the nPower Championship should adapt to the Premier League over time.
Play to your strengths, building a team best suited to exploit those attributes and cement your place in the top flight by acquiring a higher class of player over time without overspending.
Potters boss Tony Pulis knows how to get the best out of the players at his disposal, and has put together a quite impressive squad.
Despite the UEFA Europa League defeat last night, Stoke had already qualified, and have struck the balance between domestic and continental football better than many more experienced Premier League teams in Europe.
Stoke’s central midfield tends to be comprised of battling ballwinners rather than a creative players, and Wigan Athletic midfielder Mohamed Diame could fit right in, having been a rare bright spark of their season so far.
The Latics star is out of contract in the summer and could be available on the cheap in January.