Schalke players go and flourish. Good players come and suddenly things stop working. The fact that such effects occur so often, even if felt more often than actually, is a very bad sign for the club. It does not provide a healthy environment for many players.
Schalke 04 fans know the feeling: Good players come and don’t work at Royal Blue. Players who leave the club after a while with at most mediocre performance thrive at other clubs. What has happened much more often than it actually happened, has become a not uncommon phenomenon. There have been a few such cases, especially over the past few years, which ultimately allows a hard conclusion: The S04 does not offer a healthy environment.
The examples are as varied as they are amazing. Weston McKennie currently knows how to take advantage of his loan to Juventus Turin. Under coach Andrea Pirlo he has long since become an important regular player and is considered one of the most consistent and important players in Juve’s midfield. In addition, he has already scored four goals, three in Serie A alone. At Schalke, the American was one of the most flexible, but certainly not the most consistent players – an aspect that makes him so important in Turin at the moment. The club, which is undoubtedly one of the largest in Europe, is already planning to stay here.
Another recent case: Juan Miranda. The miners loaned the modern left-back from FC Barcelona in the summer of 2019. Ex-coach David Wagner saw no use for him, Bastian Oczipka was his regular player. Only deep in the crisis that began in the last half of the season was the 21-year-old allowed to play one or the other game, logically with very little success. Due to the low prospect of match practice and hardly any communication on the part of Wagner and the club’s management with the Spaniard, how 90min heard from the family circle, he left the club early.
He is currently on loan to his home club Betis Sevilla, where he also matured into a regular player, plus a goal, a template. Heard here too: What Schalke was unable to offer, the Spanish club can deliver. Miranda feels very comfortable and can therefore call up good performance. How important it would have been to have a young left-back who might have remained long-term and who also likes to act aggressively, as is often the case …
But such cases do not only exist with young players who did not make the breakthrough at Schalke. The fact that Mark Uth decided in spring 2018 to come to Gelsenkirchen on a free transfer (!) Was a little sensation back then – after all, he was one of the most successful attacking players in the Bundesliga in the service of TSG Hoffenheim. Since then: no breakthrough, no consistency, only a few good performances. What is remarkable, however, is that when he was awarded to 1. FC Köln a year ago, things went brilliantly for him. Four assists plus five goals in his first eight loan appearances for the Effzeh.
Sebastian Rudy, another case. That he is not the big star player who literally shines and attracts everyone’s attention with his style of play – free. However, his ability in possession of the ball, his overview and his calm and security on the ball are aspects that cannot be denied. He worked at FC Bayern, before and now again at TSG Hoffenheim. Not a bit with the S04.
Kutucu could also benefit from the move – Schalke does not offer a healthy environment
Another example could even develop at the moment: Ahmed Kutucu, who has not had a chance in blue and white for a year and a half, is on loan to Heracles Almelo until the summer. After two days he was already substituted for half an hour and promptly put on the 1-0 winner against SC Heerenveen, almost scored himself. Even if it is of course not to be expected that the 20-year-old will deliver top performances here and there, score goals and prepare them, it would still not really be surprising if this happened. That such a turn is only conceivable shows impressively that something is going wrong at Schalke.
One quickly comes to the conclusion: The club, which is currently closer to relegation than it has been for many years, does not offer (numerous) players a healthy and professional environment. You can already look forward to Amine Harit, Suat Serdar and Ozan Kabak, for example – also as an S04 fan – if they will soon (compulsorily) play for another club that operates in a structured manner, is internally well and clearly positioned and plays good football leaves. There they will flourish instead of just showing the good performance every now and then that they could already consistently call up.