Stoke boss Mark Hughes has branded talk of there being unhappiness at the club towards Wilfried Bony as “totally wrong”.
Reports have suggested Bony – yet to score for the Potters having made three appearances since joining on loan from Manchester City – is at the centre of unrest, with Hughes and his players questioning the striker’s attitude and work rate.
But Hughes, speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League home clash with West Brom, said: “Wilfried has come in and had a real positive impact on the group.
“We have been delighted with his character and what he has shown.
“In terms of what he’s been able to produce on the pitch, he hasn’t played too many games in the last couple of years, he is three games into his Stoke career and he is getting up to speed.
“To say we are questioning his attitude or what he is bringing to the party is totally wrong.”
It has also been reported there have been integration problems at Stoke for midfielder Giannelli Imbula, the club’s record signing, who was dropped to the bench for last Sunday’s 4-1 defeat at Crystal Palace.
And Hughes added: “Some of the guys are struggling a little bit for form.
“Giannelli is an undoubted talent, but on occasions, if your form is not quite where it needs to be, then you go out of the team. There are no underlying issues – it is football business.
“We have a good group, a great dressing room and one that is working hard to get positive results.”