The first victory after 30 Bundesliga games that were not won last match day against Hoffenheim (4-0) raised great hopes for all those involved in FC Schalke 04. The relief over the long-missed sense of achievement is omnipresent even days afterwards. There is a possibility that things will look up again with the proud Ruhr Area Club, which has remained in a depression for so long.
Last but not least, the signing of Sead Kolasinac has woken up the team and also the environment of the Royal Blues. The 27-year-old, who once sprang from the Schalke Knappenschmiede, is dated as a sporting reinforcement, but also as a leader FC Arsenal come back.
Mulder: “A world-class striker for Ajax”
Now there is speculation that the hearts of all Schalke players will beat even faster. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who is now 37 years old, also seems to be in negotiations with S04. “I heard that too. And I immediately thought that it would be good for Schalke. Klaas-Jan was in an incredibly good physical condition before Christmas, scored goals. And then I thought it was one for Ajax World-class striker. And then Amsterdam suddenly bought Sebastien Haller. With that, Klaas-Jan probably played out “, says Youri Mulder sportschau.de. “His age doesn’t really matter.”
The former striker of the Royal Blues works as a TV expert for Dutch television and has an up-to-date overview of the highest Dutch football league, the Eredivisie. “I think Ajax should let Klaas-Jan go now. And I think they’ll do that too”says Mulder.
Felix Magath once signed Huntelaar
Felix Magath once brought Huntelaar to FC Schalke 04 in the 2010/11 season. At the time, this transfer was a sensation. Because at the time, nobody could have imagined that an attacker with these skills and such a reputation would come to the Royal Blues.
Huntelaar finally had Real Madrid and the AC Milan To offer clubs in his résumé that seemed light years away from Schalke’s sporting and financial opportunities. Only the transfer of the Spaniard Raúl, who came from Real Madrid to the Ruhr area in the same year, was probably even more important in the club’s long history.
In contrast to the Spaniard, who only stayed two remarkable seasons in Gelsenkirchen, Huntelaar sought his luck with Schalke over seven seasons. And he scored 126 goals in 240 games across all competitions (Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, Champions League, Europa League) and prepared another 35 goals.
Leadership skills wanted
Huntelaar is what is commonly referred to as a real goalscorer. He has a strong goal finish, remarkable technique and a keen instinct for dangerous actions. But he is also a fighter who can carry his teammates away in bad moments. Schalke liked him for that too. And that’s what the Dutchman could convey to the current team.
“Klaas-Jan has leadership qualities. You could see what Sead Kolasinac has already achieved in the team. The players suddenly had a different conviction. And Klaas-Jan brings that with him”says Mulder. “And that’s exactly what the Schalke are looking for.”
Starting a second career at Schalke?
Huntelaar is of course not a long-term solution. By the end of the season, however, he could still help Schalke to remedy their goal poverty (12 goals in 15 Bundesliga games) and prevent the impending relegation. Then maybe he could start a second career and start as a sports director at the Royal Blues. Mulder believes that this commitment would have reasonable prospects for both sides.
First of all, the striker should still convince on the pitch. “He can definitely still play the Bundesliga”says Mulder: “I really hope it will come to that.”
Stand: 14.01.2021, 19:00