Stoke chairman Peter Coates insists the club are "desperate" to bring academy products through to the first-team squad.
Stoke had to work 'exceptionally hard' to beat Chelsea for second time in a fortnight.
Chelsea lost 1-0 at Stoke City to pile even more pressure on Jose Mourinho, leaving his future as manager in doubt.
Stoke City striker Jon Walters has signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract with the club.
Goalkeeper Jack Butland was the hero as Stoke left Newcastle with a hard-earned point.
Mark Hughes expects a major tussle ahead between Jack Butland and Joe Hart for an England starting spot.
The COC QF draw features the Rickie Lambert derby, as well as a potential wet Wednesday night in Stoke.
Another day, another defeat for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea - this time on penalties.
Kind words for Harry Kane and Slaven Bilic, less so for Wayne Rooney, Jose Mourinho and Philippe Coutinho...
Troy Deeney and Almen Abdi scored their first Premier League goals as Watford beat Stoke 2-0.
Bojan won and scored a penalty as Stoke held out to secure a 1-0 victory over Swansea.
Ryan Shawcross is closing in on a return to first-team action for Stoke, but Mark Hughes insists his captain is still at least a fortnight away.
Arsenal, Everton and Manchester United will all be shown live on TV on Boxing Day.
Mark Hughes was delighted with Stoke's performance in beating Aston Villa, reserving particular praise for scorer Marko Arnautovic
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