Stoke City forward Xherdan Shaqiri impressed and scored the winning goal for Switzerland in their 2-1 win against Serbia in their second 2018 World Cup fixture on Friday, but West Ham United fans are split on whether the club should sign the 26-year-old ace.
The Potters attacker is said to be available for £12m because of a release clause in his contract following the club’s relegation to the Championship last term, as per The Mirror, and he could well be in demand following his latest performance.
The former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan man was unlucky not to score with a brilliant curling effort that hit the woodwork, before he netted the winner when he ran from the halfway line and produced a composed finish late on.
West Ham supporters, who have had their say on a link to a 26-year-old centre-back described by one as “better than Reid and Rice”, were quick to have their say on Shaqiri’s latest display via social media, and they were split with one saying it would be a “no-brainer” to sign him, and another saying he has a “lousy work ethic”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Don't understand why people would want Shaqiri to join us. Very talented player yes, but he's far too inconsistent and also very lazy in my opinion.
— West Ham Fan Zone (@WHUFCFZ) June 22, 2018
Didn’t a lot of people say the same things about Arnie? Can you blame him for seeming lazy when he was stuck fighting relegation? I see a lot of potential in him
— rye (@merzdeth) June 22, 2018
You’d take him for £12m or whatever it is. Currently (may change) were hardly blessed with creative players. Play him correctly and he’s a talent
— Daniel Hennessey (@henn88) June 22, 2018
Didn’t help Stoke, lousy work ethic when it’s not going well
— Stuart Dillon (@StuartDillon1) June 22, 2018
26 years old
Premier league proven
Surely a no brainer?
— Anthony Baker (@irons123) June 23, 2018
Anyone who calls his teammates untalented while involved in a relegation scrap isn’t fit to wear the shirt.
— Ed Hawthorne (@ehawthorne3) June 22, 2018
Shaqiri is needed.
— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) June 22, 2018
He’s bang average
— Tom (@T___J92) June 22, 2018