Shawcross, Arnautovic, N'Zonzi or even Ricardo Fuller? Who's been Stoke City's best ever Premier League player?
Stoke City have come a long way since their years of Championship football under Tony Pulis. The Potters, who now stand as a role model for clubs who want to get promoted and cement themselves as a Premier League side, have invested heavily in their side over the years, and are nowadays more likely to be pushing for a place in Europe, than fighting relegation.
Over the last few seasons, Mark Hughes has managed to bring in a number of big names to Stoke City. Top internationals such as Marko Arnautovic, Wilfried Bony, Bruno Martins Indi and Xherdan Shaqiri all now don the red and white shirt, even though not all have been a success. But who has been Stoke City's best ever Premier League player?
HITC Sport went to meet Stoke City fans, and asked them this and more...
General view of Stoke fans
One Stoke City fan suggested their best ever Premier League player was Ryan Shawcross, for anchoring the defence and for the amount of time he's been at the club.
Another name that came up was Ricardo Fuller, for the effort he'd put in at the club and the important goals he scored. "He'd be the guy I always got on the back of my shirt" mentioned one fan, who made it clear how well thought of Ricardo Fuller still was at the Bet 365 stadium. "If he was younger, he'd be in the team today" added another Stoke City fan.
One fan even suggested that they were more gutted to see Peter Odemwingie leave the club, than he was to see Steven N'Zonzi leave, who is now at Sevilla.
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Stoke City's Ricardo Fuller (L) and Valencia's Jordi Alba in action