Charlie Adam has warned latest Stoke signing Xherdan Shaqiri that he must arrive at the club with the correct mentality if he wishes to excel.
Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam believes Xherdan Shaqiri's signing is a massive statement of intent from the club, but he has also offered a few words of warning to his new teammate during an interview with talkSPORT.
Shaqiri completed his move to the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday, joining Mark Hughes' men for a club-record £12million fee from Inter Milan - as announced by the Potters' official website.
The 23-year-old only joined the Italian side in January after three years with Bayern Munich, where he helped the club win the Champions League in 2013.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Scotland international Adam said: “He scores goals, he creates goals - it is a massive statement from the club with the type of money they have signed him for.
“He brings a good pedigree of experience at international level and also at club level, having played for Basel and Bayern Munich in the Champions League.”
However, while lauding the Swiss midfielder's ability, Adam was also quick to point out that Shaqiri will get no special treatment from the club hierarchy, and in particular, manager Mark Hughes.
The 29-year-old suggests that to be a success at the Britannia Stadium, the former Bayern man will have to have the correct mentality.
“It will be interesting to see how he fits in. He is like every player - he will have to work hard to get into the team,” added Adam.
“He is an exciting talent, there is a buzz around the club, and it is great to get him over the line but he has to come in and fit into the mentality of the way the players want to work and the way the manager works."
“If he does that, he will be a fantastic signing and we look forward to seeing him in the team.”
Shaqiri made 15 Serie A appearances during his brief spell with Inter Milan, scoring one goal and creating a further 29 chances for his teammates.
He arrives in England with lofty expectations, especially among the Stoke faithful, and will be expected to hit the ground running as soon as he is thrust into Premier League action.