One man at Stoke City, Xherdan Shaqiri, has spoken up about the team’s poor performances this season that has condemned them to 19th on the Premier League table and on the verge of relegation.
The Switzerland international, who is by far Stoke’s stand out performer this season, took a swipe at his teammates during an interview with Swiss magazine, Sport.
The 26-year-old attacking midfielder said “The feeling that even a Ronaldinho could do little in this team is sobering.
“I had to realise that it’s a bit different when you have players like (Franck) Ribery and Thiago (Alcantara) at Bayern or (Mauro) Icardi and (Mateo) Kovacic at Inter.
“Here at Stoke I cannot exert too much influence, simply because there is a lack of quality around me.
“I cannot just Löffel verwerfen (down tools) but it would take something extreme for Stoke in the transfer market this summer to revive my enthusiasm.
“It’s not me. It’s them.”
Stoke take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the early kickoff of Super Sunday as they look to stay in the top flight.