Stoke City will be playing Championship football next season, and securing instant promotion back to the Premier League remains top of their agenda.
Stoke will miss the attacking qualities and contributions of the Swiss star in the final third, but summer arrival Oghenekaro Etebo reckons he can help bring the needed goals and assists in Shaqiri's absence.
The versatile 22-year-old was arguably Nigeria's best player at the World Cup, putting in impressive shifts from midfield during their group games against Croatia, Iceland and Argentina.
The former Las Palmas man told Nigerian outlet AOIFootball he would prefer to play an attacking role when asked where he would prefer to play at Stoke, especially with Shaqiri potentially heading towards the exit.
“I prefer to play in the offensive role in the middle of the park because it gives me the freedom to express myself, but that is not my decision to make as the coaches will decide where best I can play to help the team achieve its aim,” Etebo told AOIFootball.
The former Feirense man scored 23 goals in 64 appearances for Warri Wolves in the Nigerian Professional Football League, seven goals in 47 appearances for the Portuguese side and has 11 goals in 19 games during his playing days for his country's under-23s.
Etebo has an eye for goal and should prove to be a brilliant signing for the Potters.
Shaqiri scored eight goals and laid on seven assists in the Premier League last season, and while Stoke will miss his offensive contributions in the Championship, deploying Etebo in an attacking position could help deliver the needed goods in the final third.