When Stoke snapped up Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting this summer, the rest of the Premier League hardly batted an eye. Rather tellingly, the Potters signed the 45-cap Cameroon international on a free transfer in August, meaning no pre-contract agreement was in place, suggesting he wasn’t Mark Hughes’ first choice of centre-forward during the summer.
But the African attacker may have already etched his name into Stoke folklore after producing one of the performances of his career against Manchester United on Saturday. After three solid if unspectacular early outings in the Premier League, Choupo-Moting truly came to life against the Red Devils, scoring twice to seal an impressive point for the Potters.
That was by no means the 6 foot 3 forward’s only significant contribution, however, in what was a phenomenal all-round display from the former Schalke man. Tellingly of how many problems he caused United’s backline, he produced the most efforts at goal, completed the most dribbles and won the most aerial duels of any Stoke player.
But more than simply wreaking havoc in the final third, Choupo-Moting also ranked first throughout both teams for successful tackles, highlighting how he made a huge impact out of possession as well.
It’s still incredibly early days in Choupo-Moting’s Premier League career but considering how far he slipped under the radar and that didn’t cost Stoke a penny in transfer fees, he’s already making a decent case for himself as one of the top flight’s signing of the summer.