With just 10 days left of the transfer window, the final Stoke shortlist will be getting drawn up by Mark Hughes - but will outgoings change the club's policy?
Stoke were reminded of the brilliance of their former manager Tony Pulis yesterday as he guided Crystal Palace to a 1-0 win over Mark Hughes' side.
Strikers still on the agenda for Hughes, completing one deal, and with a Monaco forward and a former Sunderland star both linked to the Britannia.
Liverpool will need to be at their best on Sunday, when they face a Stoke side that has conceded just seven goals and suffered one home loss in the league all season.
Oussama Assaidi has made no secret of his allegiance come Sunday.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is unimpressed with Tottenham Hotspur midfielder's messaging on social media.
The Christmas period is a busy one for football, and teams will be looking to pick up as many points as possible to build for the rest of the season. But four teams may find the busy schedule too difficult to manage - Cardiff City, Liverpool, Stoke City and Swansea.
Stoke City manager implies referees shouldn't have to protect prospects as, instead, they should stand on their feet - like Manchester United wonderkid.
Leicester, Sunderland, Stoke and West Ham all have the chance to be giant killers in the League Cup this week.
Winger Oussama Assaidi failed to make much of an impact at Anfield, but he certainly did at Stoke City today.
The former QPR and Manchester City boss has been described as a flop since his QPR tenure went awry. But could he achieve similar success at Blackburn as he did during his previous tenure at Ewood Park?
John Charles, Ian Rush, Mark Hughes, Dean Saunders … Gareth Bale?
Mark Hughes has distanced himself from the Blackburn Rovers job, leaving the former Aston Villa coach Kevin MacDonald as favourite to head up a new managerial set-up at the club following the departure of Henning Berg from Ewood Park.