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£10m man in, Shaqiri axed: The dream Stoke City XI under Rowett to kick off the 18/19 season

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Stoke City fans are feeling optimistic ahead of the new season as new manager Gary Rowett has been active in the transfer window.

Stoke are armed with a sizeable war-chest given their parachute payments and the expected sales of some star players.

These could include Wolves target Badou Ndiaye in a £22m deal or Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri, who has a £12m release clause.

But Rowett will be hoping to fend off interest for a number of other first-team players as he looks to have as strong a squad as possible for the promotion challenge.

Former Derby County boss Rowett has used two different formations during his time with the Rams and he might choose to use a 3-5-2 as it suits his players well.

With a number of talented players at his disposal, this is the XI that Rowett could deploy next season at the bet365 Stadium to take his team back up to the Premier League.


NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: £10m man in, Shaqiri axed: The dream Stoke City XI under Rowett to kick off the 18/19 season

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