Stoke have to deal with a season in the Championship for the first time in 10 years.
Gary Rowett was appointed to replace Paul Lambert after a disappointing spell in charge which ended in relegation from the Premier League. He will want to overhaul a squad full of ageing players past their best as well as bringing in players who fit his style of play.
There should be some big changes this window, then, as they look to get themselves straight back into the top flight, whilst also recovering from the departure of any big players.
Meanwhile, other fringe players will need to step up to the plate and prove themselves this pre-season.
Indeed, this pre-season will be key in determining the future of a number of players because Rowett is yet to see them play. Here are three players whose places in the team are under threat and that need to prove themselves this summer…