Ever since Xherdan Shaqiri’s surprise arrival at the Britannia Stadium in the summer of 2015, Potters supporters have been waiting patiently for their star arrival to make the explosive impact that they all expected.
The squad was improved dramatically over those vital months. The rear-guard was strengthened by the additions of Phillip Wollscheid and Glen Johnson. While Mark Hughes replaced the ageing Peter Crouch with Hannover’s Spanish star Mato Joselu. But by far the most eye-opening transfer was the introduction of marquee man Xherdan Shaqiri. Despite the statistics not living up to expectations, Shaqiri is much loved at the Britannia stadium, but I feel he must up his game to extend his stint in England
A seasoned Swiss international with two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League medal under his belt, Shaqiri was supposed to take Stoke City to the next level. But with just three goals and six assists under his belt, the 24-year-old winger is yet to live up to his hefty £12 million price tag. After his quick fire first half double against Everton in late December, it looked although Shaqiri may have been clunking into action. But this was just to be a flash in the pan and he would soon return to his Disappointing 2015 form.
It would be a similar story following the turn of the year, rare moments of brilliance, shadowed by dismal performances where it was difficult to tell whether he was on the pitch. Short term injuries have not been kind to the former Basel man this term, but emphasis will be firmly placed upon his shoulders to improve his return next campaign.