Charlie Adam has accused former Stoke City teammate Xherdan Shaqiri of going missing when times were tough during last season’s battle against relegation.
Adam, appearing on TalkSport on Thursday morning, questioned the commitment of some of Stoke’s higher-profile players in their (ultimately unsuccessful) bid to stave off the drop and claimed that some of them, including Shaqiri, “got away with murder.”
“When the chips are down you look at your big players, you want your big players to bring magic in one moment in the season, and it times we felt like the so-called big players in the squad never turned up for us and never performed.
“Yeah, everybody else could help, but for all the plaudits to so-called bigger players we getting from certain members of the management staff last season – they weren’t producing.
“But, listen, [Shaqiri’s] gone now. We move on and we look to the future. The future for us at the moment is in the Championship.”
Shaqiri, it should be noted, scored eight goals and assisted seven more in Stoke’s relegation season – more than any other player in both categories.
The former Bayern Munich attacker has since completed a £13m move to Liverpool, with the Reds activating his relegation release clause after his participation in the World Cup with Switzerland.