Two Championship sides appointed new managers during the international break and with his Stoke City side bottom of the Championship, Nathan Jones could be forgiven for worrying that his job will be next.
Stoke have just one point from six games and are yet to register a league win in the 2019/20 campaign.
The Potters now face a visit on Saturday from a Bristol City side that have made a strong start to the season and sit fifth in the Championship.
The Robins are unbeaten in the league since their opening weekend loss to Leeds United, so Jones’ men may have their work cut out for them.
With that in mind, we have pinpointed three adjustments Stoke should consider to turn their form around.
Start Sam Vokes.
Jones has preferred to use Scott Hogan and Lee Gregory as his strikers this season but the duo have had little impact.
Vokes has scored once, despite being restricted to just Carabao Cup games and substitute appearances in the Championship, and he has a fantastic record in the division, so could be the answer upfront.
The 29-year-old scored 37 goals across his last two full seasons in the Championship and deserves a chance to prove himself for the Potters.
Drop Joe Allen.
To his credit, Allen stuck with the Potters when they were relegated from the Premier League but things have not really gone his way since.
The Welsh international has been symptomatic of a Stoke side that have been disappointing this season and a change could benefit both him and the side.
A high-energy midfielder like Jordan Cousins could inject some tempo into the side and may help change their fortunes.
Don’t switch back to the 4-4-2 diamond formation.
Jones moved away from his signature 4-4-2 diamond formation against Birmingham City in their last match and the change saw the side control much of the game–finishing with almost 60% possession.
However, they slipped to a 2-1 loss and the Stoke boss will likely be tempted to revert back to his signature formation.
The 4-5-1 formation Stoke set up in against the Blues allowed the Potters to control the centre of the park with a midfield three and play genuine wingers, in Tom Ince and James McClean.
Sticking with that adjustment could be key in helping Jones turn around his side’s fortunes.Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!