FEW signings in the Premier League have caught greater imagination than the Potters' capture of Xherdan Shaqiri.
Still only in his mid-20s, the hugely talented wideman claimed a quintet of league championships in his first five seasons a professional for FC Basel and FC Bayern Munich.
The explosive forward has earned himself a reputation of being one of the most lively attackers in European football, having shone across the continent, at both domestic and international level.
After three trophy-laden seasons with Bayern, he left to join Serie A giants Inter Milan in January 2015, although his stay in the Italian capital was short-lived, as he completed a then record £13M move to the Potteries six months later.
His impact in the Premier League has been obvious with the dynamic and deceiving winger chipping in with three crucial Premier League goals and numerous assists during his healthy maiden campaign with the Club.
Shaqiri is also etched into the World Cup history books as being on an elite list of players to have notched a hat-trick at the World Cup Finals - he achieved this feat for Switzerland against Honduras in 2014.
The Swiss suffered minor calf trouble in the 2016/17 season, but did win Goal of the Season for his thunderous 30-yard home strike against Hull City.
He also became the first Stoke City player to score two goals from outside the box in a single Premier League game in the reverse fixture against the Tigers at the KCOM Stadium.