Date: 18th June 2018 at 4:09pm
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With the media continuing to tentatively link Everton with a move for Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri, the lack of firm details in that speculation is actually a bonus as it doesn’t seem like it will be a transfer that comes off.

With Stoke’s relegation last season, Shaqiri’s release clause and his own self-stated aim to remain in the Premier League if he can, it’s very much a case of the press linking him with any team capable of paying the reported £12-13million fee and if said side happens to be in need of a winger, it just helps.

Shaqiri’s quality in the final third is well known, but what’s also extremely well known is his lack of a team ethic when it comes to chasing back and putting in the hard yards. He’s very much a player that likes to look good when it suits him and he can take some headlines from a game.

That was abundantly clear in the recent World Cup clash this weekend against Brazil where he did get Switzerland’s assist but was anonymous for the rest of the game.

What did stand out was how often he left his fullback unprotected and that didn’t go unnoticed by fans and I don’t just mean Everton fans. He certainly doesn’t seem to have done himself much credit with that showing.