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Premier League: Mark Hughes pleased with depth in Stoke City's squad

Last Updated: 13/08/14 10:02am

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Mark Hughes: The Welshman is pleased with the depth in Stoke's squad

Mark Hughes: The Welshman is pleased with the depth in Stoke's squad

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Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is optimistic about his side's prospects in the Premier League this season after a successful summer in the transfer market.

The Welshman says he already has his team in mind for the first league game against Aston Villa on Saturday as he looks to build upon the momentum generated by three successive wins to end the last campaign.

Bojan Krkic, Steve Sidwell, Phil Bardsley, Mame Biram Diouf and Dionatan Teixeira have all joined the Potters and Hughes admits he is very pleased with the range of options at his disposal.

"There are still things we need to work on, but I do have an idea in my head," the Welshman told the club's official website.

"Obviously given the different opposition it will be horses for courses, so we will change things around to suit the game that we are involved in.

"The team against Aston Villa may be different to the team that we may pick for the game the next week, and so on.

"That's how it is going to be this year – it is all about picking the right team the right combination of players for each specific game.

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"We have a good squad here, a healthy squad and I envisage everybody playing a part at some stage. You need strength in depth at this level and thankfully we have that."

Hughes was very complimentary of Diouf after the striker scored in a friendly against German side Freiburg.

The Senegalese forward spent three seasons at Manchester United before leaving to join German side Hannover 96, where he scored 26 goals in 57 league games.

Hughes revealed he is pleased with how quickly Diouf has settled in and is very hopeful the 26-year-old can make an impact at the Britannia Stadium this season.

"Mame is a very good player, and we are delighted that he has been able to get himself off the mark," Hughes said.

"He performed really well today (on Saturday), showed a lot of energy and displayed some real intelligence to his play.

"Strikers always like to score goals, it doesn't matter who it is against and it doesn't matter whether it is pre-season or the Premier League.

"In fairness to him it was a great finish, he showed great composure when he put himself into that one-on-one situation."

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