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Stoke City brought Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting from Schalke 04 and didn’t have to pay anything for his services after the player’s contract with the German outfit expired this summer.
The Hamburg-born forward arrived at bet365 Stadium as a direct replacement for Marko Arnautovic who left for West Ham United this off-season, and the best of all is that Stoke gets Choupo-Moting for free.
Versatile and an aerial threat
The Cameroonian’s natural position is the left winger, but he can also play as a centre-forward if needed. Basically, he can cover all positions in the attack, and Mark Hughes will be delighted with his versatility.
Choupo-Moting is quite dangerous in the air, and he could be a real threat to the opposing defenses from indirect set-pieces. He also likes to dribble and cut inside from the left flank, and can occasionally unleash the powerful shots from outside the box with his right foot.
The competition in the attack is rather stiff as Berahino, Diouf, Crouch, and Joselu are currently the strikers in the squad, so Choupo-Moting will likely be deployed at left-wing, where he should have the advantage ahead of the Egyptian Ramadan Sobhi.
Seeing Eric playing opposite Xherdan Shaqiri is rather exciting for the Potters fans, and with the return of Bojan Krkic, Stoke could have an efficient attack in the upcoming season.
Choupo-Moting is Stoke’s fourth signing of the summer after Kurt Zouma, Josh Timon, and Darren Fletcher, and the interesting thing is that the Potters didn’t spend a single penny on these players.
On the other hand, they earned around £25 million on Marko Arnautovic, Jon Walters, Glenn Whelan, and Phil Bardsley, so Stoke does have enough money to test the market for additional reinforcements.
The 28-year-old started his career in HSV in 2006, and he stayed there until 2009/10 season when he moved to Mainz 05.
While at Opel Arena, Choupo-Moting recorded 22 goals and eight assists in 81 matches before he joined Schalke 04 in 2014.
The Cameroonian represented Schalke on 106 occasions, scoring 22 goals and adding 18 assists in the process. He also played in 43 goals for Cameroon and bagged 13 goals for his national side.
Written by Oliver Zivic
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