Stoke strength key to Jones’ plans

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Stoke boss Nathan Jones is happy with his summer spending so far but admits he may still strengthen further before the window closes.

Stoke boss Nathan Jones is happy with his summer spending so far but admits he may still strengthen further before the window closes.

Jones was quick to put his stamp on the squad this summer, having taken charge on January 9, and he feels all the pieces of the puzzle are starting to fall into place.

He added six new signings on one day last month but still has an ambition to bring in two or three more before the deadline on August 8.

The former Luton boss believes it is crucial to have at least two players for each position if Stoke are to push for a return to the Premier League next season.

Jones told the club’s official website: ‘We want competition for places in every area, you just look at the goalkeepers – we have four there who are working exceptionally hard.

‘We have young Joe Bursik who has come out with us and is doing fantastically well and really being tested and three first-team ‘keepers in Jack (Butland), Adam (Davies) and Adam (Federici).

‘We want two players in every outfield position, we aren’t quite there yet but we are not too far off.

‘With two in every position, with the environment that we are creating here and with the players responding to the work we are doing, we will never put a weakened team out.

He added: ‘We will have players of real quality and difference in every position of the field, which will make us very dynamic and dangerous.’

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