Indeed, the Potters are currently rock-bottom of the English top flight, picking up just a single point and conceding eight times in their first four league games of the new season.
Amid a Premier League era in which relegation racers can transform into title-winners and vice versa, some Stoke fans might even be murmuring the ‘R’ word around the Bet365 Stadium.
But we are particularly fond of Stoke City and despite their incredibly poor start to the season, we’re sure the Staffordshire outfit will go on to enjoy a decent campaign.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with five reasons Stoke will turn their season around – and fans can stop thinking about a potential relegation to the Championship…
No doubt, one point from four games is incredibly disappointing. But excepting the draw against newly-promoted Middlesbrough, Stoke have been unfortunate enough to face some of the Premier League’s toughest sides in the opening weeks of the season, not least including current table toppers Manchester City who have destroyed everything in their path this term.
Likewise, Tottenham Hotspur are fourth in the league and have conceded only twice, whilst Everton are yet to lose. Getting these tricky fixtures out of the way could be a blessing in disguise as the season goes on.
Compare the aforementioned to Stoke’s coming run of fixtures. Barring Manchester United in a few weeks’ time, the Potters don’t face a top Premier League side until Arsenal on December 10th.
Regardless of recent form, you’d expect Stoke to pick up points against the likes of West Brom, Sunderland, Swansea City and Bournemouth at home.
Whilst some squads in the Premier League this season are certainly questionable, there’s no doubt Stoke City’s is top-flight quality.
Indeed, Marko Arnautovic is one of the most formidable forwards in the division when enjoying top form, few defenders are more established than Ryan Shawcross and Xherdan Shaqiri scored arguably the best goal of Euro 2016 with an acrobatic bicycle kick. Even the likes of Jonathan Walters, Joe Allen and Phil Bardsley are more than proven in the Premier League.
For whatever reason, it’s not happened for the Potters so far this season, but they’ve got more than enough quality and experience to quickly turn results around.
A consistent striker was the missing piece of the jigsaw for Stoke City last season and Mark Hughes seemingly found one on Deadline Day in the form of Wilfried Bony.
He didn’t make a difference against Spurs but it should be remembered that he’s only been at the Bet365 Stadium for a couple of weeks – nowhere near enough time to get match fit and adapt to Stoke’s style of play.
The Ivorian proved how potent he can be in the Premier League with Swansea City and after a few more games he could be firing on all cylinders.
Having a 15-goal striker pretty much guarantees you a mid-table finish, at the very least.
Whilst Wilfried Bony should sharpen up Stoke City at one end of the pitch, Jack Butland will bolster their efforts at the other once he returns from injury.
The 23-year-old was the best goalkeeper in the Premier League last season, keeping ten clean sheets and making a phenomenal 81 saves in 31 appearances.
Stoke are much better organised and more confident defensively with the England international behind them; unfortunately, however, recent reports claim he could be sidelined for another ten weeks.