The Swiss midfielder has joined Stoke, but would have been an ideal addition in North London.
As Tottenham prepare to take on Stoke today at White Hart Lane, the visitors have seemingly already got one over the hosts with the £12 million signing of Xherdan Shaqiri earlier this week.
Although the Switzerland international will not face the North Londoners, there is a feeling that the diminutive playmaker would have been an ideal addition for Spurs.
When asked about Shaqiri, Mauricio Pochettino said he was happy with the club’s transfer philosophy and did not regret not making a move for the former Bayern Munich attacker.
However, looking at Spurs’s attacking midfield options, the acquisition of Shaqiri would surely have got pulses racing at White Hart Lane.
The 23-year-old has proven himself over time for club and country, with his individual skill, eye for a killer pass and ability to beat players of real note.
With Tottenham still having issues on the right-hand side of their 4-2-3-1 formation, playing Shaqiri there or shifting Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen about to accommodate the Swiss would have been an exciting proposition.
A fee of £12 million pales into significance when taking into account the amount Spurs spent on Erik Lamela and as such Shaqiri is a bargain for a progressive-looking Stoke side.
Although the Switzerland international will not be on hand to play against Tottenham today, if and when he is a success at the Potters and Lamela continues to flounder, Pochettino’s ‘philosophy’ might not look quite so enlightening.