Stoke City’s Charlie Adam has slammed Xherdan Shaqiri in comments made to Talksport for going missing in big games.

The 32-year-old midfielder has been part of the Stoke team since he signed from Liverpool in 2012. In that time he has made over 100 appearances for the club and has become a major part of the team. But despite his performances, he was unable to stop the club from being relegated from the Premier League last season and will now have to play in the Sky Bet Championship.

One of the other players who couldn’t stop Stoke from being relegated was Shaqiri. The star winger may have been seen as one of their best players but he was helpless to stop them dropping into the second tier and has since moved to Liverpool. And following his departure, Adam has slammed Shaqiri has being one of the big-name players who just didn’t turn up when they needed them to.

When asked about him, he said: “Was he one of them? Oh, definitely.”

“When the chips are down you look at your big players, you want your big players to bring magic in one moment in the season, and it times we felt like the so-called big players in the squad never turned up for us and never performed.”

“Yeah, everybody else could help, but for all the plaudits to so-called bigger players we getting from certain members of the management staff last season – they weren’t producing.”

“But, listen, he’s gone now. We move on and we look to the future. The future for us at the moment is in the Championship.”

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