Since the records began way back in 2009/10, we have a look at Stoke City’s highest rated XI in the Premier League according to WhoScored.com.
*Note that every player in the squad has made 12+ appearances in the season mentioned.*
[GK] Asmir Begovic 2013/14 – 7.01
In his penultimate season in Stoke-on-Trent, Asmir Begovic finished the campaign with a very impressive rating of 7.01. During the season, Begovic made some outstanding stops at one end, and even managed to SCORE at the other. His goal vs Southampton earned him a place in 2015’s Guinness World Book of Records for ‘the longest goal scored in football.’ Begovic went on to make 33 appearances that season as Stoke City finished ninth in Mark Hughes’ first season in the Potteries.
[RB] Geoff Cameron 2013/14 – 7.08
Another one from Mark Hughes’ debut season in charge, Cameron’s performances in the Premier League saw him earn a very modest 7.08 average rating for the season. During the season, Cameron chipped in with two goals in the league, most notably the one against Arsenal after a magical pass from Steven N’Zonzi picked out Marko Arnautovic, who’s sumptuous volley cannoned back off the post to Geoff Cameron, who finished expertly. Stoke went on to lose the game at the Emirates, but we’ll leave that one for another day.
[CB] Ryan Shawcross 2014/15 – 7.09
A fine season for the Stoke skipper, as he managed 32 appearances in the Premier League, despite missing the vast majority of February and March. Shawcross scored Stoke’s first goal of the 14/15 campaign, and also picked up his 300th appearance for The Potters, when he took to the field on the 29th November 2014 as Stoke lost away at Liverpool. Shawcross also notched against former team Manchester United, and ended the season in splendid fashion as Stoke destroyed Liverpool 6-1.
[CB] Robert Huth 2010/11 – 7.15
‘The Berlin Wall’ was crucial for Stoke, as they enjoyed a decent season in the Premier League, and also finished runners-up in the 2011 FA Cup Final where they were cruelly beaten in the final against Manchester City. Robert Huth scored six times for Stoke in 10/11, and kept eight clean sheets in the process. Huth’s most notable goals came against Aston Villa where he netted an injury-time winner, and his stunning volley against Bolton at Wembley to give Stoke a 2-0 lead on the day.
[LB] Erik Pieters 2014/15 – 7.02
The Dutchman quickly adjusted to life well in Stoke, and in his second season at Stoke made the left-back spot firmly his own ahead of competition from Marc Wilson and Marc Muniesa. Pieters played 29 times in the Premier League as Stoke were on their way to consecutive back-to-back top-half finishes.
[RM] Jermaine Pennant 2010/11 – 7.11
Having initially joined Stoke on a 4-month loan deal on deadline day, Pennant went on to eventually sign for Stoke in January 2011 as he enjoyed a fantastic debut season in Stoke-on-Trent. Pennant’s natural width on the right, combined with his sublime crossing was a match made in heaven for Tony Pulis. Pennant made 26 appearances in the league that season, and contributed with three goals and eight assists with Pennant’s most notable contribution coming against his former club when his goal ended Arsenal’s title challenge at the Britannia Stadium where The Potters defeated Arsene Wenger’s men 3-1 just six days before their FA Cup Final fixture against Manchester City.
[CM] Steven N’Zonzi 2014/15 – 7.01
There just had to be a place for this man, didn’t there? Steven N’Zonzi’s stunning performances in his last season at Stoke City saw him earn a summer-switch to Europa League champions Sevilla. N’Zonzi played ALL 38 of Stoke’s Premier League games during the 2014/15 season, and scored one of the best goals the now-named bet365 Stadium has ever seen, when his 25-yard-strike was smashed in Simon Mignolet’s top left hand corner as Stoke downed Liverpool 6-1 on the final day of the season.
[CM] Giannelli Imbula 2015/16 – 7.07
Having signed for a club-record transfer fee last January, perhaps Imbula is a strange addition to this team, but his stellar performances for Stoke towards the back end of last season have earned him a place alongside Steven N’Zonzi in the heart of the midfield. (I’m sorry for putting that image of an Imbula/N’Zonzi midfield in your heads, Stoke fans). Imbula made 14 appearances in the Premier League for Stoke last campaign, and scored a vicious volley at the Vitality Stadium back in February, when Stoke defeated AFC Bournemouth 3-1 away from home.
[LM] Victor Moses 2014/15 – 7.45
Currently plying his trade at right wing-back for Antonio Conte’s title-chasing Chelsea side, Victor Moses’ excellent season with The Potters in 14/15 has earned him a place at left-midfield in Stoke’s best ever rated Premier League XI. Having joined Stoke on-loan, Moses made 19 appearances for Stoke during the season, and picked up three goals and three assists during that time. Moses’ performances were exceptional for Stoke during his short spell in Stoke-on-Trent, and it’s no surprise to see him doing so well at the moment…
[CAM] Bojan Krkic 2014/15 – 7.16
Another player who simply HAD to make this team is Bojan Krkic. Football fans across the globe were gobsmacked when Stoke signed the Spaniard for a measly £500k from Barcelona in the summer of 2014. Although Bojan endured a tough start to life in England, he sprung to life when his breathtaking run and finish against Spurs helped Stoke on their way to a surprising 2-1 victory away at White Hart Lane. Bojan then went on to perform magic in a red and white shirt, and scored one of the best Stoke City goals I can remember against Rochdale, before cruelly rupturing his ACL later on that game, and missing the rest of the 2014-15 campaign.
[ST] Kenwyne Jones 2010/11 – 7.23
The final place in this team goes to Kenwyne Jones, who notched nine Premier League goals in his first season with Stoke City back in 2010/11. Jones joined The Potters for a then club-record fee of £8 million from Sunderland, and Jones’ most memorable goal from his Premier League campaign came when Stoke picked up their first ever win against Liverpool when Jones and Fuller’s goals were enough to beat Roy Hodgson’s Liverpool 2-0.
Full team: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters; Pennant, N’Zonzi, Imbula, Moses; Bojan; Jones.