Schalke received deserved plaudits following last season’s second-place finish. After the departures of Leon Goretzka, Max Meyer and Thilo Kehrer however, the Royal Blues were threatening to take a step back rather than make the progress necessary for them to consolidate their position as a top-four Bundesliga side.
But with the signing of German international Sebastian Rudy, sporting director Christian Heidel has gone some way to plugging Schalke’s talent drain.
DW explains why the €16m transfer is a good move for all concerned.
The opening 45 minutes against Wolfsburg on Saturday demonstrated just how lightweight Schalke are in the center of the pitch. In Weston McKennie, Armine Harit and Suat Serdar, coach Domenico Tedesco picked a midfield three who were all aged 21 or under – and the inexperience showed as the trio gave the ball away on multiple occasions.
Without the departed Max Meyer (who had started to impress in a deeper role for Schalke before joining Crystal Palace) and new signing Omar Mascarell (not match-fit after recovering from a muscle tear), the more experienced Joshua Guilavogui and Max Arnold were able to take control of the midfield for Wolfsburg.