Is Xherdan Shaqiri mentally ready to accept that he needs to move from Bayern Munich to get in game form so he is ready for the 2014 World Cup? This talented Swiss footballer who plays midfield for football giant Bayern Munich has received very little playing time over the first half of the season and despite his obvious affection for the team there is no way that he can be satisfied with his limited game action.
There are many teams throughout Europe, especially those in the Premier League who could benefit from the presence of a talented, young midfielder such as Xherdan Shaqiri. In the summer of 2013 it was no secret that Liverpool was very interested in his services and manager Brendan Rogers is still interested and would be a great fit for this young player. Brendan Rogers has made no secret that his goal is to challenge for the English Premier League Championship and he possesses a mentality of the best player is the one who is on the pitch, no exceptions and he will insert a new player into the lineup very quickly.
Another potential suitor for Xherdan Shaqiri could be a team that has not said much but is always looking for an upgrade and that is Manchester United. The midfield of Manchester United has been a weakness for them this season and even if Xherdan Shaqiri is only with the team until the end of the season that would help them shore a weakness as they attempt to become faster and better equipped to move up from their current seventh place league standing.
Bayern Munich is committed to winning and playing their stars as much as possible which means that Xherdan Shaqiri will likely not be a regular first team selection in 2014. He needs to go to a team where he will be provided that opportunity and whether it be Liverpool, Manchester United or even a team such as Newcastle or Southampton, he needs to be placed with a team where he can play 90 minutes so that when he returns to Bayern Munich he is game shape. Moreover, the more he plays and the better he plays, the greater his value will be in the soccer market because at the moment, the less he plays the more his value decreases.
In 2014, Xherdan Shaqiri must accept the fact that unless he can be guaranteed to be a first team selection that he must leave Bayern Munich for the short-term and potentially longer if for no other reason but to play and protect his market value.