Paul Lambert recalls brilliant reaction to seeing Xherdan Shaqiri in Stoke City training

Paul Lambert talks to the media as he is officially unveiled as Stoke City new manager at Britannia Stadium on January 16, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

The Swiss international winger made an immediate impression on the new Stoke manager.

Paul Lambert, Manager of Stoke City gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Huddersfield Town at Bet365 Stadium on January 20, 2018 in Stoke on...

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert has described Xherdan Shaqiri as “different class” and revealed that some of his training ground exploits leave him mesmerised.

The Swiss international winger was one of the stars of the show as Stoke made a winning start to Lambert’s reign with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town last weekend.

His acrobatic volley was disallowed for offside, and Lambert’s insight suggests that the former Bayern Munich player regularly pulls off the spectacular on the practice pitch.

Xherdan Shaqiri of Stoke City volleys during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Huddersfield Town at Bet365 Stadium on January 20, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

“It’s good when you see guys performing,” The Stoke Sentinel quotes the Scotsman as saying. “I look at Shaqiri in training and think 'dear, oh dear, he’s different class.'

“Proper player, him. He looks really on top of his game at the minute him, he looks one hell of a player."

Shaqiri has always been incredibly gifted, but the application has not always been there and this could have been thrown at him towards the end of the Mark Hughes regime.

Xherdan Shaqiri of Stoke City attempts to lob Jonas Lossl of Huddersfield Town during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Huddersfield Town at Bet365 Stadium on January 20,...

However, judging by Lambert’s comments, the 26-year-old is in the mood to be a match-winner for Stoke in upcoming games, and add to his four goals and six assists for the season.

The Potters host Watford on Wednesday evening before matches against Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove Albion, so Shaqiri has a good opportunity to continue his upturn in form.

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