Belfast Telegraph

Hughes tips Shaqiri to fire Stoke to success after double

Hull City 0 Stoke City 2

By Mark Walker

Stoke boss Mark Hughes expects Xherdan Shaqiri to light up the Premier League on a regular basis after two brilliant strikes from the Switzerland star secured his side a 2-0 win at Hull.

Shaqiri, a club-record £12million signing from Inter Milan in August 2015, curled home a superb left-footed effort midway through the first half and then bent a free-kick inside Hull keeper David Marshall's left-hand post early in the second half.

"He'll definitely score more this season," said Hughes.

"Clearly he's up and running now, he's got three as we speak, and will clearly beat last season's total (three) this time.

"If he continues in the same vein and shows the same application, there's more goals to come."

Stoke followed up last week's first league win of the season against Sunderland with their first league success on the road after Shaqiri ran the show at the KCOM Stadium.

"He's in good shape," Hughes said. "He's come back this season with real purpose and he's very positive in every aspect of his work.

"Maybe last season he was getting to grips with the Premier League to a certain extent, but he feels, and looks, totally accustomed to the league now and has had a real impact in the games that he's played for us."

Stoke are 16th in the Premier League table.

Hull slipped into the bottom three following their fifth straight league defeat.

"It's extremely disappointing," said boss Mike Phelan, Hughes' former Manchester United team mate.

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