Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam has said that he had been left unimpressed by Xherdan Shaqiri’s contribution at the bet365 Stadium last season.
The Switzerland star, 26, completed a £13.5million move to Liverpool following his World Cup campaign.
The Potters were relegated from the Premier League, despite Shaqiri contributing eight goals and seven assists from his 36 outings in the top flight.
Charlie Adam has slammed Shaqiri on Talksport this morning saying that he went missin last season and was definitely one of the players who he previously said got away with murder. #SCFC #TBPTV pic.twitter.com/u5cSvUlUhE
— The Bear Pit TV (@TheBearPitTV) July 19, 2018
Charlie Adam was quizzed over whether Shaqiri was one of the star players who under-performed for the Potters during the 2017/18 season and claimed that the Switzerland international did not produce what was expected of him.
The Scot told talkSPORT: “Was he one of them? Oh, definitely. When the chips are down you look at your big players, you want your big players to bring magic in one moment in the season, and at times we felt like the so-called big players in the squad never turned up for us and never performed.
“Yeah, everybody else could help, but for all the plaudits the so-called bigger players were getting from certain members of the management staff last season – they weren’t producing.”
Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan also gave criticism of Shaqiri:
“There’s no doubt that quality wise, Shaqiri has a quality. I thought he was a slob last year for Stoke and Charlie Adam couldn’t, and possibly didn’t want, to say it to that extent. But I felt he embodied the reasons why Stoke probably got relegated because he did it when he felt like it and not when he didn’t. It’s a curious, curious signing. Maybe because Oxlade-Chamberlain is out. I don’t see that as a like-for-like but maybe it is.”
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