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Stoke signing Fletcher draws parallels between Xherdan Shaqiri and Lionel Messi

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Stoke’s latest signing Darren Fletcher has bizarrely compared Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri to Barcelona and worldwide star Lionel Messi.

Fletcher moved from West Brom to the Britannia this summer and will be seen as very valuable figure next season.

Though, while some were impressed with his signing, he is impressed with one of his new teammates.

Former FC Basel and Bayern Munich star Shaqiri is highly rated at the club but Fletcher took it one step closer by comparing him to a footballing phenomenon.

“I’m not saying he’s Messi but he’s got that same low centre of gravity and he can get past you so he really is hard to get a handle on,” he explained. 

“You can talk about his strength and his size but the biggest thing is that his first touch is fantastic.”

“That moves the ball and eliminates strong players, then he relies on his strength when he has to.”

Stoke interested in top class striker

In one of the transfer stories of the summer, Stoke City are one of many clubs exploring the possibility of signing a top class striker.

The player joined a European giant but hasn’t hit the heights expected of him.

Now, Stoke City could well be in for him.

Find out who it is here.