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Afellay signing gives Stoke depth

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Stoke boosted by Bojan return

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Tim Howard worst of Premier League keepers, Joe Hart among the best

Which goalkeepers produced real heroics last season, and which showed that their better days could be behind them? We reveal the best and worst of 2014-15.

The qualifying criteria is a minimum of 20 games played.

You can also check out the 10 most clinical players of last season, and the 10 worst players in front of goal.

Best Keepers
Worst Keepers

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Eden Hazard, Diego Costa among Premier League's most clinical

Who could you rely on to find the back of the net when a chance came their way last season? Here, we run through the most clinical players of the 2014-15 Premier League season.

Find out who are the 10 worst finishers on Wednesday.

The qualifying criteria is a minimum of 30 shots (excluding blocked shots).

You can also check out the worst finishers, as well as the best and worst goalkeepers of the previous campaign.

Olivier Giroud
Eden Hazard
Jonathan Walters
Harry Kane
Leonardo Ulloa
David Silva
Mame Biram Diouf
Nacer Chadli
Papiss Cisse
Diego Costa

Stoke linked with Yarmolenko and Shaqiri but Hughes needs defenders

Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross continues to excel, but still remains out of Roy Hodgson's plans.
Doubts remain over Ryan Shawcross' fitness at Stoke ahead of the new season.

Stoke signed off their preparations for the new season with a 3-0 loss against Porto on Sunday.

Mark Hughes will have taken plenty from the weekend -- despite having to split his first team across two games -- as he looks ahead to Sunday and the visit of Liverpool.

With less than a week until that fixture, he will be more than acutely aware of some of the challenges he will be facing before then. The biggest one is arguably the continued absence of Ryan Shawcross, who has been suffering with a troublesome...

Stoke continue to impress as Hughes plots move to next level

While Stoke will miss the talents of Asmir Begovic between the sticks, Shay Given is a more than adequate replacement.

Stoke have a new style under Mark Hughes and continue to push higher up the table each season in the Premier League. Here's a look at what to expect from Hughes' men as we approach the new campaign ...


Fans will be hoping the return of talisman Bojan Krkic, along with other high-profile arrivals, will offset the losses of Asmir Begovic and Steven N'Zonzi and fire the Potters to yet another record-breaking finish under Hughes.

Biggest concern

There has been much to celebrate since last season,...

Afellay arrival provides Stoke City with left-sided depth

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes said he was encouraged by his sides performance in their 2-0 win over Singapore XI in the third-place playoff of the Barclays Asia Trophy.

With Stoke City manager and players arriving in France for a week long training camp in advance of the Colonia Cup in Germany, there was another kind of arrival on Monday in the shape of former PSV Eindhoven starlet and free agent Ibrahim Afellay, who joins the club on a two-year contract.

It should come as little surprise that his most recent employer was Barcelona and in swapping the Nou Camp for the Britannia Afellay becomes the fourth player to make a switch to the Potteries from the Catalan...

Stoke midfield boosted by return of Bojan

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes said he was encouraged by his sides performance in their 2-0 win over Singapore XI in the third-place playoff of the Barclays Asia Trophy.

After a couple of weeks in Singapore, Stoke's players could be forgiven had they turned up to Wrexham on Wednesday evening less than enthused at the prospect of pitting their wits against the Conference North side in a preseason friendly.

As it happened though, they arrived in excellent spirits and mirrored the enthusiasm of their fans who filled the away end at the Racecourse Ground eager to get a glimpse of their side's new arrivals on home soil. A fortnight in the sweltering temperatures of...