After a comfortable ninth place finish in the 2014/15 Premier League campaign, Stoke City were looking to kick on after a very impressive season.
The Potters looked to be a solid outfit under the guidance of Mark Hughes, with the Welshman looking to add firepower to his squad after the 2015/16 campaign – it was clear to see their ambition after the signings of Ibrahim Afellay from Barcelona and Joselu from Hannover.
There was one signing, however, that definitely grabbed all the headlines throughout the summer transfer window, and here, we take a look at when Stoke City announced the signing of Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri, for a then-club record fee of £12million.
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) August 11, 2015
Naturally, it was a signing that shocked the whole of the Premier League – Shaqiri had played at the highest level for both Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, so to get him to sign for Stoke was a truly sensational coup by the club.
Initially, it was a signing that raised eyebrows and caught the attention from several fans of different clubs – even some supporters suggested that Shaqiri was better than current England star Raheem Sterling at the time.
@stokecity better than Sterling
— ً (@CFCBrano) August 11, 2015
Calm down lads @stokecity
— TH. (@TimHickman1994) August 11, 2015
@stokecity What a time to be alive ???????? welcome to stoke the Alpine Messi
— Rory (@Rory_Watt) August 11, 2015
Shaqiri lived up to expectations during his three-year stay at the bet365 Stadium – the Swiss playmaker scored 15 league goals in over 80 appearances for the Staffordshire club, however couldn’t help them from dropping down to the Premier League last season.
The 27-year old then sealed a £13million switch to Premier League giants Liverpool in the summer, where despite strong competition from Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, he is playing a key part in Liverpool’s Premier League title race.
Stoke fans will be hoping that another player of Shaqiri’s quality can come around sooner rather than later, in order to get them out of the rut that they currently find themselves in under Nathan Jones…