Stoke City quality starting to shine through, says manager Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

The Potters boss believes they can achieve something special in the coming months, as he eyes silverware at the Britannia.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says their quality is starting to shine through this season.

The Potters were busy in the summer transfer window, as Hughes sought to add quality to his squad with eight new acquisitions.

The pick of that bunch was arguably Xherdan Shaqiri, as they secured the highly rated Switzerland international in a big-money move from Inter Milan.

He has struggled so far this season, but put in a top display in the 1-0 win over Chelsea last time out, and Hughes says the ability of the summer signings is beginning to be showcased on a more regular basis.

“There is a certain expectation on players like Xherdan to make an immediate impression in the Premier League, but sometimes it can take a little while,” he told stokecityfc.com.

“We had no doubt whatsoever that he would fit in here and make the kind of impact that he did at the weekend. The likes of Phillip Wollscheid and one or two others are starting to show their qualities now too.”

The pressure is firmly on Hughes this season, with fans keen to see them continue their improvement under the Welshman.

Last season saw them breaking club records, as they accrued their highest ever points tally in the Premier League, as well as breaking several other impressive landmarks.

That means the bar has been pushed higher for the side this season, although Hughes believes there is a real opportunity to achieve something special over the coming months.

“As a consequence of what we achieved in the past two seasons, the targets that have been set are at an all-time high,” he added.

“We want to win some silverware if we can, but we also want to progress in the league and challenge for the European positions. It is difficult, but we will do everything we can to keep on making progress.”

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