Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri Relishes New Roaming Role in Potters Line-Up

Published on: 15 October 2016

Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri has admitted he loves the freedom of his new 'roaming role' in Mark Hughes' side.

The Potters recorded their first win of the 2016/17 season on Saturday, having brushed aside a hapless Sunderland in a 2-0 win at the Bet365 Stadium.

And one man who was instrumental in the win, aside from the brace-scoringJoe Allen,was former Bayern Munich winger Shaqiri, who was told to drift over to each wing as well as play through the middle.

Speaking to theStoke Sentinel, he said:"In the game, I'm everywhere," he said.

"Sometimes you will see me in the middle, sometimes outside. I start outside but it's not important for us because we can always keep switching. When we win, everything is good."

"I think everyone's happy," he toldRadio Stoke. "It was important to win the game because we have to start winning games. We were struggling a little at the beginning of the season but we are very confident. We have confidence in our team. We have the quality and we have to start showing it. This was a big step up for us and now we can keep going.

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"Everybody is enjoying it. We played good football this time and we managed the game for 90 minutes. We didn't give them a lot of chances and we created a lot. We can be proud of the way we played this time."

While Stoke's first win of the season was a requirement before the game, Shaqiri believes that the highlevel of performance is an indicator of things to come.

"First of all, it's important that we play well and if we do that then we will win games," he added

"Sometimes you can win even if you haven't played well but if you play well, it helps."