Traditionally you see a league table and you exclaim that it's split into three sections. The relegated, the winner and, everybody else. That's how most people see the Premier League. My philosophy and my beliefs are different. This is how I view the table...
section is what in my view, everybody should be striving for. These four teams are typically made up the 'best' teams in the Premier League - Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City. These are the generic Champions League qualifiers that are always expected to come into the top tier.
section is interesting to me, because this is where the teams that are striving to break into the top tier, teams like Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool. What falls into this tier is also European qualification. These teams are the most determined, in my eyes.
section is the saddest, not the red. The yellow. The teams that fall into this tier, is the tier that are just trying to stay up. They have no goals. They don't aspire for European qualification. They do enough just to stay in the Premier League.
section is the worst teams of that year. They leave the league and that's it. It's typically harder and I envy the managers in that tier because they are teams that aspire to be greater, unlike the yellow tier.
This is my tactic for Stoke. This will be my bread and my butter. The target man requires somebody with intense strength and passing ability, in order to create chances for the upcoming creative playmaker. The defensive forward's aim is to win the ball back in the attacking midfield while the playmaker roams the final third looking for space.
This tactic is solid from wing exploitation due to the defensive wingers and limited fall backs. The Regista plays a more attacking deep-lying playmaker role, therefore he will most likely push into the midfield section and assist with attacking plays. The defence is very limited and has tight marking to stop passing play in my half.
Regarding transfers and which players will be leaving and which will be staying. To me, it's quality or form over experience. I will take my time and weigh the prospects, see which players fit into this tactic the best. If not, they will leave or warm the bench.