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Stoke City forward Sam Vokes will surely be fearing for his future, with the 29-year-old striker having failed to start any of the Potters’ last ten Championship matches despite Nathan Jones’ side’s poor start to the season.
Vokes, who arrived at the Bet365 Stadium from Premier League Burnley in the last January transfer window, started Stoke’s 2-1 defeat at home to Queens Park Rangers on the opening day – and the 29-year-old would have been hopeful of establishing himself as the Potters’ main striker this term.
However, the Wales international has only made four further appearances from the bench, although he did come for the final 25 minutes of the Potters’ 2-1 win at Swansea in their last match before the international, with Stoke managing to score a vital late second goal to seal their first win of the campaign with him on the pitch.
The 29-year-old will consider himself perhaps unfortunate to have been selected in the league on so few occasions so far by Jones, having managed to prove his ability to score goals in the Carabao Cup with the striker scoring three goals in three matches in the competition this term.
Jones, though, has preferred the likes of Lee Gregory, Scott Hogan and Tyrese Campbell to Vokes at times throughout Stoke’s opening eleven league games, with all three of those players offering more mobility that the 29-year-old up front.
Vokes, though, offers much more of a physical presence that the likes of Hogan and Campbell and has the ability to play with both another striker and on his own up front, which should make him a valuable option for Jones and could still allow him to force his way back into the Potters’ starting line-up.
The 29-year-old has proven in his previous spell with Burnley that he can be reliable scorer in the Championship, having registered 15 league goals in the 2015/16 season for his former club, but he has so far not managed to replicate that form with Stoke, scoring just three times in 17 Championship games for the club so far.
The fact that Vokes has featured so little so far this season will be a concern to the Welshman, especially considering the amount of changes that Jones has been making to his starting line-up, but he must continue to work in training and look to make an impact from the bench when called upon.