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The Stoke City trio who will be key to Championship success next season



The holy trinity could be what propels Stoke City back to the Premier League this season.

James McClean, Tom Ince and Benik Afobe form a new front three, and if they combine correctly and consistently, they could be lethal in this division.

The wing pair got a total of four assists last season, but that was in the top-flight, where they were playing above their level.

In the Championship, however, the pair are an entirely different proposition.

They are both quite handy with the ball at their feet, squaring up to defenders and taking them on, both have pace and an ability to get past their man, and if on opposite flanks, cut in and have an attempt on goal.

The curvaceous nature of their crosses makes them the perfect creators for a striker like Afobe, another summer signing.

The former Wolves striker is the complete centre-forward. He can come short pick up the ball, run at defenders and is not afraid to shoot when the opportunity presents itself.

His pace is frightening and gives him an edge should the two wingers mentioned above slip in a defence-splitting pass.

Not only that, but to add to his strengths, he is also decent in the air too.

Someone who might be another beneficiary of a higher standard of service would be Peter Crouch – the towering forward will have the height advantage on most Championship defenders to nod home from McClean and Ince’s crosses.

The new trio of additions for Stoke and Gary Rowett will add plenty of flair and firepower that the Potters have lacked in recent seasons.

If they can stay fit, they will surely be ushering in a new era of Premier League football at the bet365 Stadium come May.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: The Stoke City trio who will be key to Championship success next season

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