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‘Better than Sterling’ – These Stoke City fans had every right to be excited by this record-breaking signing

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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.

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.

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…


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: ‘Better than Sterling’ – These Stoke City fans had every right to be excited by this record-breaking signing

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