Stoke City have earned a number of plaudits for their progressive style of play, but there are signs that it might not have been as effective as Mark Hughes would have wanted it to be so far this season.
The Potters have moved away from the one-dimensional, long-ball style that Tony Pulis enjoyed success with at the Britannia Stadium and have introduced passing football to the side, but they are struggling to create chances so far this season.
Although the club are not doing badly in the table, Stoke have created the joint fewest number of chances in the entirety of the first division.
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The Potters have created the three clear-cut openings during their opening seven fixtures in the Premier League, a total which only Hull City and Burnley have done as badly as.
At the other end of the stats is Chelsea, with 15 chances created, and although that target may be unrealistic Stoke will be hoping to add more attacking intent to their play soon.
The side have picked up credible wins against Manchester United and Newcastle United so far this season, but there are still obvious improvements to be made in an offensive sense before they can reach their full potential.
With the additions of Victor Moses and Mame Biram Diouf adding pace and power to an attacking unit which already contains the creativity of Marko Arnautovic creating chances shouldn't be as difficult as it is proving so far.
Hughes will surely be slightly worried by this and adding further attacking intent to the side over the international break may be required.
The Midlands side lost their last game 3-1 to Sunderland and, after finishing in the top-half of the table last year, they will know that improvements will need to be made if they are to repeat that finish.