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2 Stoke City tweaks that Jones could make against Fulham on Saturday

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Stoke City picked up their first win of the season in their final game before the international break, when they came from behind to beat Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

It was a much-needed win for the Potters and should have given the players a huge confidence boost going into the international break.

It was also a win that relieved some of the pressure on manager Nathan Jones, following a poor start to the season which saw Stoke take just two points from their opening ten matches in the Championship.

The Staffordshire outfit return to action this weekend following the two-week break but they face another tough game against promotion chasing Fulham at the Bet365 Stadium.

Here are TWO tweaks that Jones could make against Fulham…

Scott Hogan starts

Scott Hogan scored his second goal of the season for Stoke when he came off the bench against to net the dramatic winner against Swansea before the international break.

Not only was it a goal that gave the team their first win of the league season, but it should have also given his confidence a huge boost.

Hogan joined Stoke on a season-long from Aston Villa in the summer but has struggled to make an impact so far.

The striker has found minutes on the pitch hard to come by since joining Stoke and has featured off the bench in his last four appearances for the Potters.

After ending a run of four games without a goal against Swansea, he’ll surely fancy his changes of starting against Fulham. This would mean either Tyrese Campbell or Lee Gregory dropping down to the bench.

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James McClean returns at left-back

James McClean missed the win over Swansea with a back injury, which meant that Bruno Martins Indi was moved over to left-back and he did a good job in the position as Stoke picked up their first three points of the campaign.

McClean has struggled in his new role since being converted into a left-back by Jones at the beginning of the season, but you have to have a little bit of sympathy for him because it’s not his natural position.

The 30-year-old played twice for the Republic of Ireland over the international break and is likely to return to action for Stoke at the weekend.

Even though it’s not his natural position, there’s every chance that Jones could still choose to start McClean at left-back against Fulham, despite Martins Indi doing a solid job against Swansea, as he gives the team more attacking threat.


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