Stoke’s impressive start to the campaign in the non-pixel driven world has been reflected in the quality of their squad on FM.
Arnautovic, Bojan and Shaqiri are your key assets from the start of your save and the defensive rock of Ryan Shawcross is still as highly rated as he has been for several seasons.
Your budget might not be as generous as many of the other clubs in the top half, but some bargains are out there on FM and we are here to suggest some of the best deals to help the Potters push for Europe in their first campaign.
Mark Hughes has built a squad with plenty of technical ability, but you may want to take a look at the centre-back berth at the start of your save to make sure you have the strongest cover for the marauding Glen Johnson and Erik Pieters.
Here are FIVE absolute bargains for you to consider…
Cook is another of the stars that Premier League clubs have been linked to of late and it looks as though Cook is one of the best signings you can make on FM16.
As a central midfielder, Cook should develop into a player to replace Glenn Whelan within a season or two and Cook will be equally comfortable in a slightly more advanced role.
If Geoff Cameron is to play in a holding role, Cook would be ideal to be the spring board for attacks as you look to set Arnautovic free.
On most saves, Cordoba makes a move to the Premier League and this centre forward is available at a very reasonable price.
The Colombian striker offers you a powerful focal point for your attacks and will be well worth the investment once you can get the attacking midfield trio linking up with him.
Diouf might be a talent on the game, but Cordoba would undoubtedly be a step up from the ex-Manchester United man.
A FM hero for the last few editions of the game, Peruzzi is still available at a brilliant value price in the first couple of seasons.
Despite the addition of Glen Johnson, a right-back of extra quality would be a welcome addition to Stoke’s squad and Peruzzi is likely to offer you far more defensive security than the inconsistent Johnson.
You will face a lot of competition for Peruzzi, so make sure to snap him up as quickly as possible.
West Brom’s starlet will be available for a pittance at the start of your save and he becomes an absolutely lethal advanced forward.
Roberts is an electric forward and can play on either flank, so he will add crucial depth to your front line once he reaches his potential.
In 2020, Roberts will be ready to be a regular starter at a top Premier League club and is a dangerously good finisher.
Due to the seemingly astonishing investment on every save, Dortmund often deem Sokratis surplus to requirements.
The solid centre-back is very similar to Ryan Shawcross and you need to be careful with your instructions to him as he has a tendency to push the boundaries and pick up a lot of cards – one season he got 3 reds and 19 yellows for me!
If he is put up for transfer, break the bank to bring Sokratis in and tie up the defence. Wollscheid and Muniesa are not in the same league as this Dortmund man.