N'Zonzi: Mark Hughes is changing Stoke for the better

While the midfielder was comfortable with the Potters' approach under Tony Pulis, he is enjoying their new style more and feels that they are starting to hit their stride
Stoke City midfielder Steven N'Zonzi is enjoying the team's new style under Mark Hughes and feels that it is starting to pay off.

Although the 25-year-old featured regularly under Tony Pulis, who departed the Britanna Stadium at the end of last season and now manages Crystal Palace, he prefers the approach implemented by his successor.

A greater emphasis on keeping possession has been a feature of Hughes's reign and N'Zonzi was among the goalscorers in a 4-1 win at Aston Villa on Sunday that lifted the Potters to 10th.

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"I was happy last season, even if it was a different type of play, but this season, it is true, I enjoy it better," N'Zonzi told The Sentinel.

"I like it better because it is what I was used to when I was a boy and that is what we are trying to do with Mark Hughes.

"It takes time to do it better than we did it before but, in the last two games [a 3-1 win over West Ham and then the Villa victory], we did it."

Despite expressing satisfaction at Stoke's progress, N'Zonzi remains non-committal over his future plans.

"I am happy here - let's focus on this season, that is the most important," he added.

"Everybody is talking about what will happen next season but, as a player, you do not know. You just focus on this season."