Name: Jack Butland
Fear not! Jack Butland is here. After Asmir Begovic’s departure to defending league champions Chelsea last summer, it was fair to say a handful of Stoke City supporters would have been concerned about the club’s goalkeeping ranks considering the 23-year-old’s lack of first-team experience at the Britannia Stadium.
However the England international; who has three caps for the Three Lions and is expected to be named in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad this summer, has delivered the goods with some outstanding shot stopping performances this term, keeping an impressive 10 clean sheets in the English top-flight.
Name: Marko Arnautovic
Being the Potters’ top goalscorer this season, Marko Arnautovic is currently relishing his most productive and fruitful spell in English football.
The 26-year-old Austria winger has found the back of the net 11 times in all competitions this campaign, averaging a goal every three games, with his brilliant brace against Manchester City back in December being the pick of the bunch so far.
The injury-plagued Spaniard has finally been able to demonstrate his world-class ability during defined periods of the 2015-16 season, a reputation that saw him learn his trade at the renowned youth academy of European champions FC Barcelona.
The 25-year-old has managed to pitch in with five league goals for Mark Hughes’ outfit this term, with crucial goals against the likes of Swansea City, Southampton and Manchester United sealing all three points as Stoke go in search of European football.