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The Stoke City man who knows he needs to improve after weekend snub

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Stoke City fell to a disappointing defeat to newly-promoted Charlton on Saturday, meaning Nathan Jones’ side are one of just three in the Championship without a point.

With a home game to QPR to kick-off the season followed by a trip to The Valley, many Potters fans would have hoped their new-look side would be on maximum points by now.

Instead, they are in the bottom three and whilst it’s far too soon to worry about the table, fans will be worried by how the team have played.

And, one man who will have been particularly concerned with how the game went on Saturday is striker Sam Vokes. The ex-Burnley target man was dropped after struggling against the R’s last week.

That wasn’t a surprise really but the fact he didn’t come on against Lee Bowyer’s side was.

With his side chasing a goal as they trailed 2-1, Jones opted to bring on youngster Thibaud Verlinden, which was after teenage striker Tyrese Campbell had replaced Scott Hogan on the hour mark.

The fact the manager didn’t turn to the Wales international when the side needed a goal was telling and Vokes will know he simply has to improve.

He has been extremely underwhelming since his big-money arrival and a return of three goals in 13 games isn’t good enough. His performances have also attracted criticism from the fans, who want to see a lot more.

Jones has proven that he isn’t someone who picks a player on their reputation and he hasn’t been afraid to make big calls in terms of shipping players out if they don’t deliver.

Given the Staffordshire outfit fell to a defeat in London on Saturday, Vokes isn’t going to have to wait long to get another opportunity in the XI and he could start if changes are made for the cup clash at Wigan tomorrow.

That game may be low on the list of priorities for the fans and the manager as they look to bounce back to the Premier League but it could be a huge fixture for Vokes and several others on the fringes.

Getting overlooked for two kids on Saturday will have hurt the 29-year-old but the truth is he can have few complaints about the decision from the manager.

Ultimately, it’s about reacting to that now and it may prove to be the wake-up call that Vokes needed to get his career at Stoke on the right track.

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