Hughes patient over Stoke changes

The new manager is keen to steer the club away from their much-criticised tactical approach under Tony Pulis, and is hoping to further bolster the squad ahead of the new season
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says he is playing a waiting game over new transfers and a change in style at the club.

Following much criticism, most notably from Arsene Wenger, for their "rugby-like" tactical approach under previous manager Tony Pulis, Hughes is keen to take a fresh approach at the Britannia Stadium.

Sunday's 1-0 victory over Wrexham on Sunday extended the Potters' unbeaten pre-season streak to three games, and Hughes is keen to keep up momentum as the new Premier League season approaches.

"I've got good players, and I wouldn't ask them to do anything I don't feel they are capable of doing," Hughes told BBC Radio Stoke.

"It will take time - on occasions we'll make mistakes and you have to accept that, but if we want to play in a certain way that's what we have to do.

"You can see the guys are trying to implement what we've given to them," he continued. "It's not easy, but I've been pleased with how they've applied themselves."

Hughes has delved into the transfer market on two occasions this summer with signings of defenders Erik Pieters, from PSV, and Marc Muniesa, from Barcelona, but revealed he is trying to further bolster the squad.

"It's a little bit quiet at the moment, but we have to be patient," he added. "Ideally you want them [new players] in the building before the first game of the season to have the opportunity to play and train with them.

"But if it doesn't happen then you have to be patient. I've done good business in the last minute of windows, so if we have to wait long to get the right quality of player in, then so be it."