I said it in a previous article (https://dawsonfootball.com/2015/06/25/my-top-5-favourite-transfer-rumours-so-far/) that if Swiss footballer Xherdan Shaqiri signed for Stoke then I would indeed give him his own blog post and here we are two weeks down the line and just days after Stoke City confirmed the £12 million signing of winger Xherdan Shaqiri on a five-year deal. Allow me to make you familiar with Premier League new boy.
Starting off at his boyhood club FC Basel, Shaqiri was quickly thrust into the media spotlight as a Swiss wonder kid and was fast being compared to Argentine master Lionel Messi. He had a fruitful career in Basel winning the league three times, and the cup twice in just three seasons and at the end of his third season at the age of 20 he transferred to German giants Bayern Munich.
When joining Bayern he was definitely a star for the future and he signed a four-year contract worth a rumoured £2 million a season. He made his German league debut on July 10 2012 and scored his first goal of 11 in 52 appearances in the last game of the 2012 season.
After three years at Bayern Shaqiri was linked with a move to the Potters but chose to move to Inter Milan in January 2015 and signed a four and a half-year contract but failed to make an impact at the Italian club making only 15 appearances and scoring one goal.
Just six months into his long contract Shaqiri was at the centre of a transfer rumour frenzy sparking interest from Stoke City, Everton and Newcastle. On August 11th Shaqiri was announced as a Stoke City player signing a five-year deal. He was spotted just three days previously at the Britannia for Stoke vs Liverpool which sparked a Twitter debate as to whether he would join the Stoke City playing staff or not.
Wearing the number. 22, Shaqiri will hope he can reward his new club for giving him such a long contract and as a Stoke City fan I firmly believe Shaqiri can be one of the best summer signings this window and can make a real impact not only at Stoke City but in the Premier League. Also imagine how great the Stoke City frontline will be with Affelay, Bojan and Shaqiri…
Whats your thoughts on the move?