Reported Southampton target Xherdan Shaqiri picked up an assist but failed to make a mark in general for Switzerland in their 1-1 draw with Brazil in their opening 2018 World Cup group game on Sunday, and Saints fans don’t want their club to sign the 26-year-old.
The Mirror reported on June 4 that the south coast outfit were keen to pay the winger’s £12m release clause following Stoke City’s relegation to the Championship, with Mark Hughes potentially wanting to be reunited with a player he brought to the Britannia Stadium in 2016.
However, the attacker struggled from both an attacking and defensive point of view despite his nation’s positive result against the pre-tournament favourites, and was called out for his lack of tracking back with Marcelo to help new Arsenal signing Stephan Lichtsteiner at right-back.
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Southampton supporters, who are split on a potential deal for a Championship defender, were quick to have their say on Shaqiri’s performance via social media, and while one said they “would avoid at all costs”, another said he was “completely ineffective”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— James Simon (@GiveAndGo1212) June 17, 2018
— Jon Steele-Mills (@thepump74) June 17, 2018
He is lazy also and has a questionable attitude would avoid at all costs
— Ekelund 24 (@Ekelund24) June 17, 2018
Saints fans praying that we sign Shaqiri. Get a grip, he can’t even be bothered when he’s playing in the World Cup finals for his country so imagine the effort he’d put in for Saints. I’ve seen more effort at this World Cup from the Scots… #saintsfc
— Powell (@suarez_powell) June 17, 2018
Shaqiri is a talented footballer, but just watching this game proves he's not a team player. Playing for your country and just giving up off the ball. I don't want that at my club thank you #SaintsFC
— Ben (@bensfc_) June 17, 2018
Reminds me of boufal but just a bit better with the wages he wants I think we could better somewhere else
— Jaypeg89 (@Jaypeg1989) June 17, 2018
Don’t get this shaqiri hype hope we don’t sign him #saintsfc
— Graham (@graham_g4ry5) June 17, 2018
— Ⓜ️a®️k ?️r?ge ™️ (@Bridgey1982) June 17, 2018