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Haris Seferovic: Why Stoke City, Sunderland should seriously consider Swiss striker

COMMENT: Despite somehow failing to find the back of the Albanian net as his Switzerland side held on for a nervy win on Saturday, Haris Seferovic showed plenty of quality up front in his side's Euro2016 opener.

The performance, while not producing a goal, was impressive which suggests to Tribalfootball that Seferovic should now be on the radar of a handful of Premier League teams.

At just 24, Bosnian-born Seferovic has made his way across Europe and we believe he would bring plenty of quality to a club in England.

Currently playing club football for German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt, for whom he has scored 15 goals and provided 13 assists in 67 outings, Seferovic has also chalked up experience in La Liga with Real Sociedad, Serie A with Fiorentina and Lecce, Serie B with Novara and the Swiss Super League with Grasshopper and Neuchatel Xamax.

On top of all this, he has become a regular for Switzerland, playing 31 international games and scoring seven times, including an injury-time winner for his nation at the 2014 World Cup against Ecuador.

Seferovic is no stranger to being a national football hero, however, with the striker securing the 2009 Under-17 World Cup for Switzerland as he scored the winning goal in the final against Nigeria and took out the tournament's Golden Boot after netting five times.

Although not quite as potent in front of goal on Saturday night against Albania, Seferovic was a real handful for the Albanian defence and was only denied a goal by keeper Etrit Berisha who twice produced fine saves after his back four was breached by the striker.

Seferovic also caused the second yellow card which saw Lorik Cana sent off as the Albania captain was clearly more worried about marking his man than playing the ball.

Click here to check out the highlights off Switzerland's 1-0 win over Albania.

As an attacker, Seferovic shows great awareness and movement, his winning goal against Ecuador at the 2014 World Cup indicative of his ability to drift right through opposing defences.

He's calm on the ball and sure knows how to finish too. This clinical goal below bursting with quality.

To top of it all, his hunger for goal means he'll score by any means necessary. This kneed finish highlighting the Swiss striker's ingenuity in front of goal.

After stints in Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Germany, England should be next on this striker's hit-list. With height, pace and good positioning, Seferovic possesses the qualities necessary of fitting right in at a club such as Stoke City.

While not quite as dynamic as Marko Arnautovic, Seferovic could serve as an apt replacement if the Austrian happens to leave the Britannia Stadium. If he were to join the Potters there'd also be a familiar face providing him service in the form of fellow countryman Xherdan Shaqiri.

Sunderland meanwhile could really benefit from a bit of height and presence up front. Despite retaining the services of Jermain Defoe and Fabio Borini, the pair could use a bigger man like Seferovic to play off.

Having let Steven Fletcher go, Seferovic could be a fitting replacement as a striker with a bit more pace and energy than the Scot.

Haris Seferovic is certainly one man to keep an eye on at Euro2016 in his leading role for Switzerland and in the process, perhaps could grab the attention of some Premier League clubs eyeing a quality new attacker.

Joshua Thomas
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