Stoke City are heading towards a season of mid-table obscurity under manager Nathan Jones with the Potters currently in 16th place in the Championship, 10 points off the play-offs and 12 points above the relegation zone with 10 games remaining.
Jones though has managed to somewhat stop the rot, with the Potters on a run of five unbeaten ahead of the Wednesday night trip to Derby County.
So have Stoke turned a corner under Nathan Jones?
“There’s still work to do.
“They are looking better but they need to put a consistent run of form together until the end of the season.
“It’s promising signs though.”
“Not yet, but they are getting there.
“Each week sees minor improvements under the new boss and that was always going to be the case.
“Jones has said from the start that it will be a slow process but will be well worth it when it happens.”
“They need a summer though, a broom sweeping out the mistakes of the past.
“Not such distant past either, Rowett made some pretty big errors in the summer.
“Only after six more months can we really say if they’ve moved on.”
“I don’t think so just yet.
“It is just a spike in form that could come crumbling to an end if they lose during the week.
“Results would need to be positive and sustained longer than a couple of weeks to dictate whether a corner has been turned or not.”