Stoke’s signing of Xherdan Shaqiri is a massive coup for Mark Hughes.
It seem like one of the longest running transfer sagas in history but Stoke City have finally secured the signature of Xherdan Shaqiri for a club record 12million pounds.
This is a huge coup for not only Mark” the personality” Hughes, but for Stoke City. Not only do they now have 5 players who have been apart of Champions League winning teams but they have the attention of the footballing community.
Hughes has worked tirelessly to bring in a real marquee signing and with the arrival of Shaqiri he has done exactly that. The Back of the Net Nicknamed “The Alpine Messi,” the 23-year-old midfielder is a player who, despite his tender years, comes with a bloody eye catching CV detailing spells in Switzerland, Germany and Italy. It was at Bayern Munich where his talents were showcased on a global scale — despite a hugely successful spell at Basel beforehand — playing a key part in his side’s historic Treble in 2013.
But since then times have become a bit lean to say the least for the Swiss midfielder. First he was unable to break into the Bayern lineup consistently, then he was sold to Inter Milan and then only 6 months later he has been farmed off to Stoke for a bargain price. Don’t get us wrong we are rapt to see him link up with Stoke and we think he will be awesome for English football but we are just a little worried that maybe “shaq” comes with a little baggage.
Most importantly we are very impressed that a club like Stoke has the ability to bring such quality players in on such a small budget, it’s a really credit to them and the organization. But it still leaves us gob smacked how they have managed to do this!! With a foreign investor could the Potters be the next big thing in English football? I am going to be honest with you readers…… I never thought those words would in a million years come out of my mouth.