Arrived on the banks of the Rhône last summer, the Swiss international was supposed to bring his experience and dynamise the offensive sector. It missed. And in his country, we are worried.
The affair was supposed to work out both parties. Looking for elements of experience capable of bringing a real sportier touch, Olympique Lyonnais bet € 6 million on Xherdan Shaqiri (30) last summer. For his part, the Swiss landed in the capital of the Gauls with the objective of reviving by becoming an indisputable holder again after an experience in Liverpool mainly spent on the sidelines (18 starts in the Premier League in three years).
A hungry play time
Unfortunately, the Lyon adventure does not really go as planned for the Helvète. Used only eight times by Peter Bosz, the Swiss international (100 caps, 26 goals) clearly has difficulty adapting to his new environment (1 goal, 2 assists, all competitions). Well paid to OL (4 M € per year), number 29 does not meet expectations.
A member of our 2021 summer transfer window, Shaqiri would also be clearly pushed towards the exit by Gones not particularly hot at the idea of continuing to pay him a fortune until 2024 (end of his contract). That’s good because, according to our information, several Turkish clubs would be interested. While waiting to see if the player will leave or not this winter, the case Shaqiri worries on the other side of the Alps.
OL also take it for their grade
Like what is happening in the Netherlands with Georginio Wijnaldum, Switzerland is concerned about the fate of its star. The daily Blick remembers that Shaqiri has not played a single minute for the seventh time in the last ten matches. Then the former Red is seen there as Bosz’s fourth offensive choice. OL also take it for their grade since the newspaper affirms that Shaqiri is badly used (on the sides and not in the axis, behind the attackers).
The only downside: this situation is not yet considered worrying for the national team. The 2022 World Cup is only in November and Nations League matches are not really considered a priority. Before going to Qatar, the media believe that Shaqiri’s situation still has time to evolve.