Schalke coach Jens Keller has questioned Julian Draxler’s strength of personality, and feels it is not time to move abroad as he has a good thing going with the Bundesliga outfit.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with the German attacker who can play anywhere across the front four positions, however has limited experience as a centre forward.
The 20-year-old has developed into a key figure for Schalke racking up five goals in 24 appearances in all competitions so far this campaign, and the youngster has been subject to plenty of speculation recently with reports suggesting there is a release clause in the region of £40 million. However Keller is the latest in a line of Schalke representatives to suggest Draxler should remain in Germany.
He reportedly told Bild.
Julian is only 20 years old and has all the time in the world to go abroad.
In order to succeed in another league, you need a strong personality. Plus it’s not like he’s earning peanuts here at Schalke.
The quotes have been translated from German, so you cannot take ‘personality’ to mean his personal demeanor or lack of spark on the pitch, but more perhaps more his maturity and lack of life experience.
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Draxler’s height and physique certainly does suggest he has the presence to be a centre forward, however right now he’s a long way off progressing into the player that we need and crave. While the German seems an undoubted talent, it appears unlikely that Wenger will lure him to London during the winter, especially as he is currently struggling with an injury.
Let him develop more in Germany where he is the focal point of Schalke, potentially make the National team for the World Cup then bring him in during the summer to reinforce our attacking options.
For this winter, the transfer merry-go-round could be set in motion with the sale of Mata to United as it may spell the end for Javier Hernandez who is seemingly behind the likes of Rooney, RvP and Welbeck. If Moyes choses to lead the line with one striker with Mata behind, that limits the little Mexican’s playing time even further. He would be a great buy.
But anyway more on that later, time for the Gunners to smash Coventry.