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3 Stoke players who may be fearful after Nathan Jones appointment

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Nathan Jones will today be starting his first day in the job as Stoke City boss after leaving Luton Town to take up the post in the Championship.

Jones replaced Gary Rowett who was sacked on Tuesday afternoon with the club eight points off the play-off places after a disappointing eight months in charge.

When a new manager arrives, players who were frozen out get a new lease of life, with others who had been playing regularly, worry if they will be able to keep their place in the side.

A change in system and tactics could dictate the inclusion of some of the Potters first-team under their new manager, but one thing for sure is all players will be given a clean slate.

There are some players; however, that may be fearful for their place in the side or inclusion under a new manager once more.

Some players will be happy to see the back of Rowett; some will be worried they could be frozen out under the new boss.

With that said, here are three Stoke players who may be fearful after Jones appointment.

Peter Crouch

Unfancied often by Rowett, and used as an emergency attacker when things were not going to plan late on; Crouch does not fit the way Jones will want to play.

And the veteran forward might be wondering if he will get a look in once more with the new man at the helm.

With other options available – more akin to how he will want his side to play – Crouch could be fearful of his future at the club once again.

Peter Etebo

Jones plays with one holding player in a 4-1-2-1-2 formation and with others able to play in that position, only one can prevail.

Joe Allan is likely to play in that role as he is seen as one of the best players outside the Premier League in that position.

Etebo could be worried his move to Stoke could be falling apart after failing to impress since his summer arrival after a position showing at the World Cup.

Mame Biram Diouf

Jones uses a pair of strikers in his attack, and with the likes of Benik Afobe, Saido Berahino and Bojan Krkic available, the 31-year-old could be ousted.

He is similar to Afobe and could be accurately portrayed as a hybrid of the former Wolves man and Berahino.

Having those two means, Diouf might find it hard to get into the first team under the new manager and could be fearing the Stoke axe.

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