Premier League preview: Stoke City

09 August 2010 12:25
Infighting made Stoke last season's Premier League equivalent of Red Bull's F1 team. [LNB]There was Beattie and a nearly naked Pulis clashing over the Christmas party; Pulis versus his sulking strikers Tuncay and Kitson; and the Whelan-Faye mismatch after Faye limped off five minutes into a 7-0 thrashing at Chelsea with a bad hammy.[LNB]All of which inspired the Potters to another comfortable mid-table finish. [LNB]The previous year, Fuller and Griffin were scrapping on the pitch and relegation was avoided. This inner harmony is over-rated.[LNB] Naked ambition: Stoke's success on the pitch has been tempered by trouble off it[LNB]Boss's toughest jobKeeping harmony in the camp. There were a host of bust-ups last season, most notably the James Beattie Christmas party affair. Tony Pulis must restore order. [LNB]Hiccup on horizonAlthough it would be unfair to label the team as a one-trick pony, the bionic shoulders of Rory Delap (left) can't last  forever. [LNB]He needed painkilling injections last season and, at 34, Stoke might soon be without their grenade launcher.[LNB]The numbers game4 - Opening-day games out of six City have won since Tony Pulis has been in charge.[LNB]48 - Number of goalscoring attempts that came from throw-ins last season.[LNB]6% - The Premier League's lowest percentage.[LNB]Alternative sponsorLonsdale - For safer training-ground bust-ups.[LNB]Ins/Outs In - Florent Cuvelier (Portsmouth, undisclosed), Carlo Nash (Everton, free)[LNB]Out - Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd, free), Diego Arismendi (Barnsley, loan), IbrahimaSonko (Portsmouth, loan), Andy Griffin (Reading, undisclosed), Louis Moult (Bradford, loan), Amdy Faye (released).[LNB] Hot property: Stoke won the chase to sign young star Cuvelier[LNB]Keep an eye out forFlorent Cuvelier Age: 17 Position: Midfielder [LNB]Promising Belgian Under 19 star snared from Portsmouth from under the noses of  Spurs, Fulham and Man City.[LNB]Fan's viewRob Pepper: Anywhere above the relegation places is still a great achievement.[LNB]A cup run would be fantastic.[LNB]Fans' websitewww.whydelilah.co.uk[LNB]Sportsmail's lowdown on all the Premier League teams  

Source: Daily_Mail