NUFC fans urge Rafa Benitez to sign Stoke City star after their relegation is confirmed

After their relegation to the Championship was confirmed following a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, several Newcastle fans have called for the club to snap up Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri this summer.

The Swiss international has been by far and away their best attacker this season, with 8 goals and 6 assists in the league, however even a player of his ability hasn’t been able to save them.

Here’s what some NUFC fans have had to say on social media after Stoke’s fate was confirmed on Saturday, urging Rafa Benitez to make a move for the 26-year-old:

The ex-Bayern Munich man is an undoubted talent, being capable of bringing the sort of quality and spark our team sorely lacks, however I really don’t see him ending up at Newcastle this summer.

He will demand a hefty fee and have plenty of suitors, but perhaps the biggest issue for Benitez would be his attitude. He’s not a hard worker and has sulked for the vast majority of Stoke’s season. He may have given them the lead on Saturday with a stunning free-kick, but he came out and said ‘this wasn’t what he signed for’ in the days leading up to the game.

If Rafa could get him whipped into shape and working for the team then he’d be one hell of a signing, but I don’t think he’s the sort of character Benitez will be wanting in his squad – not forgetting the fact he’d probably cost more than we’d be willing to pay.

On the face of it he’d seem like a brilliant signing, but I just don’t see him being a ‘Benitez player’:

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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