Xherdan Shaqiri insists Stoke City must at least equal last season's ninth place finish

  • Xherdan Shaqiri says his new Stoke City side must aim for ninth place in the Premier League as a minimum
  • The 23-year-old made his Stoke debut against Norwich City on Saturday 
  • The winger believes he needs to work on his telepathy with Stoke's strikers

Another ninth-placed finish is the absolute minimum Stoke City should achieve this year, according to Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Switzerland international laid on for Mame Biram Diouf to score as the Potters drew 1-1 away at Norwich on Saturday. 

It was Shaqiri's first game since his £12million move from Inter Milan and he's not content with mid-table.

Xherdan Shaqiri (left) praised Butland after the Swiss made his Premier League debut at Carrow Road

Xherdan Shaqiri (left) made his Premier League debut for Stoke City against Norwich City at Carrow Road

The Switzerland international (left) laid on for Mame Biram Diouf to score as the Potters drew 1-1 away

The Switzerland international (left) laid on for Mame Biram Diouf to score as the Potters drew 1-1 away

'We're not playing in the Europa or Champions League, so you want to go as far as possible,' he said.

'Every team always wants to go forward every year. It is a minimum ninth place.'

Shaqiri was under-cooked in the sweltering East Anglian heat having played just 45 minutes in pre-season, but did manage to last the full 90. 

Mark Hughes admits there is more to come from the winger, and Shaqiri wants to hit the ground running once he's settled.

Stoke are close to clicking, but there were moments when the telepathy needs more work.

'I cut in and cross very fast so it is important the striker is in the box,' Shaqiri added. 

'It was OK for the first game. We need more games together but soon we will be better.'

Stoke manager Mark Hughes admits that there is more to come from the 23-year-old winger (right)

Stoke manager Mark Hughes admits that there is more to come from the 23-year-old winger (right)