Stoke City last broke near transfer record in 2011 after bringing striker Peter Crouch from Tottenham for around £ 12 million.
Since then, the investment at the club has been steady but nowhere near significant enough to break the dominance of the top six or seven clubs. Mark Hughes has managed to keep the club afloat in the Premier League in a transitional campaign after the departure of Tony Pulis. He has managed to mix the physical style of football from Pulis to his attractive style from the Blackburn days. This has continued to keep the club in the top 10 of the table even with just one win in the last five.
During the last season of Mark Hughes as the coach of Queens Park Rangers, the Welshman made a number of high profile signings including: Jose Bosingwa, Julio Cesar, Esteban Granero, Kieron Dyer, Robert Green, Ji-Sung Park, Fabio and Andrew Johnson just to name a few of the players that were signed by Mark Hughes as the coach was hoping to see Queens Park Rangers climb a few spots in the Premier League but it never happened as the club continued sustaining defeats and this led to Mark Hughes being sacked.
Former England international Peter Crouch has been enjoying a new lease of life in the Premier League this season.
His career in the top division of English football appeared to be over after he did not feature a much for Stoke City in the first few weeks of the season. Mark Hughes, though, has relied heavily upon Crouch during the busy Christmas period and he has been rewarded by the former Liverpool striker.
Crouch has been responsible for important victories over the likes of Arsenal, while his performances have also helped Stoke get valuable points against Manchester United.
BojanKrkic made a name for himself during his time playing in youth academy of Barcelona and it’s believes that the Spanish forward managed to score over 900 goals before being 17 years of age.
This early promise allowed him on signing a professional contract with Barcelona at a young age but Bojan could never replicate his performances with any senior team.
Stoke City continued their impressive home form after getting a 2-1 win over Swansea during the weekend. The victory, however, was marred by accusations by opposition manager Gary Monk that Stoke had cheated their way out of the match. He said that the penalty that was awarded for a foul on Victor Moses should have never been given. He has also accused the player, who is on loan from Chelsea till the end of the season, that he should be ashamed of cheating. Stoke manager Mark Hughes has come in defence of his player by saying that Monk was out of his depth.
Tottenham proved that there is still a lot of work to be done under new manager Mauricio Pochettino after the team could only manage a 2-2 draw against Sunderland in the latest league match. Tottenham came into the encounter after having made a great start to the campaign, but that was recently halted by a 3-0 defeat against Liverpool. Tottenham looked very poor in this encounter and it appears that they have not recovered fully from this humiliating defeat. Despite taking a very early lead in the match, they failed to see out the full 90 minutes and ended up conceding a late equaliser.
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has revealed that he does not want to sell Peter Crouch despite having brought in Mame Biram Diouf as one of the main strikers. Diouf has joined the club on a free transfer after leaving German club Hannover. He signed a four-year contract. Scoring goals was a major problem for Stoke last season. Figures have been pointed towards former Liverpool and Tottenham striker Crouch, who appears to have lost his scoring touch in recent years. After managing 38 appearances last season, Crouch got only 10 goals.
Stoke City has added a new player into their squad after signing Dionatan Teixeira from the Slovakian club Dukla Banska Bystrica.
Following the completion of the transfer, Teixeira expressed his happiness about joining the Premier League club Stoke City as he said: "I have a new, great club and it is the start of a new life for me. I have to train well to I have to play Premier League and develop my football. I very much wanted a chance to play to the best league in the world."
On some previous occasions Mark Hughes has praised Teixeira as the manager of Stoke City considers the defender to be technically gifted with plenty of potential.
Stoke city manager Mark Hughes has stated that he is hoping that funds will be available for his disposal in the summer. Stoke just completed a remarkable campaign during which time they have managed to stay in the top half of the table. This was always going to be difficult season for the club given that they were without manager Tony Pulis, who had been at the club for several years. Hence, this was seen as a transitional period, but Hughes has managed to implement some methods from the past to help the club retain their philosophy.
Stoke City sustained a 3-0 loss at Stamford Bridge in their latest Premier League match and as the match concluded Mark Hughes expressed his disappointment in how his players performed during their match against Chelsea.
"I was disappointed in what we produced. In recent weeks we've been a lot better than that. You have to come to places such as Stamford Bridge and make sure you put in a good performance as a team’’