“I have been offered a very nice contract with Stoke in the English Premier League. I have said goodbye to my colleagues and look forward to an adventure in the world’s best league.” – Andres Vasquez.
The Potters recruitment drive is slowly taking shape this summer with the Daily Mail today reporting that Stoke are set to sign Andres Vasquez, a Swedish Under-21 midfielder, on a free transfer.
If Vasquez’s name sounds familiar then no-doubt you will have remembered his wonder-strike back in May 2007 which propelled the then IFK Gothenburg winger into a YouTube sensation.
After that glory moment though, life has been slightly tougher for the left-sided attacking midfielder. His efforts to further his European experience by moving to FC Zurich back in the summer of 2008 turned pear-shaped, with Vasquez generally seen as having failed to make an impact in Switzerland which resulted in the youngster being dropped to the Zurich reserves after just six months at the club.
Offering him a reprieve, Vasquez’s added value for Tony Pulis is first and foremost as back-up for Matthew Etherington, who has made the left hand side of the Stoke team his own after arriving from West Ham in January 2009.
Whether Vasquez can cut it at the highest level remains hugely doubtful, but his mooted move to the Potteries allows us to relive that stunning goal which was scored against Orebro several years ago.
Andres Vasquez’s incredible rabona goal can be seen here.