FC Schalke has successfully completed the mission of promotion and can even look forward to winning the second division championship.90minsee how the royal blue players have fared this season.
After Defensive Let’s continue with the midfield:
Few players have been as established under Grammozis as Palsson. The ex-coach brought the Icelander with him from Darmstadt. While he excelled in aerial duels in particular and led the team along as leader in Latza’s frequent absence, the playful deficiencies were also regularly visible. Under Mike Büskens he played only a small role. 7/10
It is often forgotten that this was Flick’s first real professional season. The 22-year-old joined the team at the end of last season. After an unfortunate and partly faulty start to the season, he was able to develop comparatively well. Especially when playing with the ball, he already brought a noticeable added value to Palsson. 7/10
S04 had higher hopes for Latza. A native of Gelsenkirchen who returns with experience and identification to lead the difficult ascension mission. Instead, the 32-year-old became a midfielder, who dropped out in the first game and then had to pause several more times due to injury. Meanwhile, he almost never reached his performance limit. A lot of bad luck for him, but ultimately little added value for Schalke – at least on the pitch. 4/10
Didn’t even play the smallest part. He was only on the pitch for seven (!) minutes throughout the season. Some fans even forgot that Rzatkowski was signed. Unsurprisingly without rating.
Zalazar’s season was one of ups and downs. If he scored an important goal in the DFB Cup in his first appearance for S04, he wasn’t really able to bring his influence in the league into play. Above all, the goal threat was a long time coming – the first assist came only on the ninth matchday, the first goal on the 15th matchday. Nevertheless, it was always clear that he is one of the most important and creative Schalke. Under Büskens he delivered more consistently and scored the decisive 3-2 winning goal against St. Pauli. 8/10
Dominick Drexler was hardly able to bring any added value to the squad for large parts of the season. On the one hand he was absent several times due to injury, on the other hand there were phases in which some people didn’t even count on him at all. He was only able to perform under Büskens: three assists and one goal in his last five appearances. Overall, however, a rather negative impression remains. 6/10
A mixed season for Idrizi. He, too, was in his first professional season after coming into the first team with Flick. He was also in 21 games on the field, but in only nine cases in the starting XI. In view of the negative phases of Drexler and Zalazar and Latza’s failures, the balance sheet is rather mixed. He showed his move to goal several times, although he was rarely successful in finishing or preparing. 6/10
Mikhailov was initially a guest player at Schalke before the decision was made to go on loan from Zenit St. Petersburg. In the league he came – unsurprisingly – only eight appearances. It became clear that the now 19-year-old is not mature enough for the second division. 3/10
He came, saw – and broke his foot. In the winter, Lee was signed in hopes of adding even more flexibility to the offensive game. After his first (and last) 30 minutes, he broke his metatarsus in training. Since, of course, there were no further missions, he is staying without rating.
At the beginning of the season, Churlinov was one of the most inconspicuous newcomers. Mission after mission, his flexibility, offensive aggressiveness and strength in one-on-one showed more and more. In the last few games in particular, he was one of the most important players, with one assist in each of the four games at the end of the season. Whether on the flank, in attack or in the center – the 21-year-old was always good for scoring. 8/10