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Michael O'Neill has to help Stoke hit the right notes in the transfer window to challenge for promotion

Gareth McAuley


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It's job done at the end of Michael O'Neill's first season at Stoke.

It's job done at the end of Michael O'Neill's first season at Stoke.

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It's job done at the end of Michael O'Neill's first season at Stoke.

Michael O'Neill's philosophy for rebuilding the Stoke City squad in his image as he enters his first full season at the Bet365 Stadium should be relatively straightforward - sell and then buy.

Problem is, who in this current climate is buying?

Clubs are concerned about a proposed new wage cap, limits on squad numbers, fans still not allowed through the turnstiles en masse and there is just too much uncertainty with a second wave of Covid-19 expected to sweep over the UK from Europe.