NATHAN JONES believes that competition for places will be key to the Potters hopes of challenging towards the upper echelons of the Championship next season.
The Welshman has already undertaken a large chunk of his summer work by capturing the services of six of his key transfer targets whilst informing a number of existing players that their futures lie elsewhere.
The Welshman admits the bulk of incomings are already in place but feels there are still a couple of other areas that need to be addressed before the window slams shut early next month.
“We want competition for places in every area, you just look at the goalkeepers - we have four there who are working exceptionally hard,” Jones explained to Stoke City+ at the Club’s Dutch training camp.
“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.”