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2019/2020

Schalke

In


Markus Schubert (gk) Dynamo Dresden; Ozan Kabak (def) Stuttgart; Benito Raman (att) Fortuna Dusseldorf; Jonjoe Kenny (def) Everton – on loan; Pablo Insua (def) Huesca – end of loan; Fabian Reese (att) Greuther Furth – end of loan;

Out


Breel Embolo (r) (att) Borussia M’gladbach; Ralf Fahrmann (sp) (gk) Norwich – on loan; Sebastian Rudy (sp) (mid) Hoffenheim – on loan; Cedric Teuchert (sp) (att) Hannover – on loan; Sascha Riether (sp) (def) end of career; Jeffrey Bruma (sp) (def) Wolfsburg – end of loan; Benjamin Goller (mid) Werder Bremen;

Schalke’s domestic struggles, particularly in defence, were constant throughout the previous campaign and the Miners lost the most matches in the entire top flight by more than two-goal margin. Change was inevitable and this summer ex-Huddersfield’s coach David Wagner was appointed in charge. Proving in the Premier League that he can achieve good results with limited finances, Wagner is seen as very good fit for Schalke as the team’s finances are poor and relying on youth seems to be the trend at the minute. Apart from Embolo, none of the other players that departed this summer was expected to see much playing time under Wagner and it seems that the new boss has strengthened the group slightly. He signed promising young centre-back Kabak and explosive winger Raman, both of them likely to become regular starters, but most of the other signings made were simply to add depth. Wagner likes possession-based football and already in pre-season it was obvious that both Bentaleb and McKennie will be very important in the heart of the midfield. It seems almost every forward pass will be going through them. Also Wagner will rely on the few experienced squad members to guide the youngsters, with Oczipka, Caligiuri and Konoplyanka seen as senior players, despite all of them only just turning 30. All-in-all this season is seen by most pundits as transitional one, with Schalke set to look for new identity and in the process developing several youngsters.

Target


Solid top-half finish is the main priority. Place in Europe seen only as desired bonus this transitional season, not as a priority.

Season Review
2018/2019

№14: Schalke

Schalke saw a big fall in their fortunes as they struggled to pull clear of the relegation zone for large portions of the campaign and needed a late upturn in form to finish just outside the reach of the bottom three. Having finished the previous season as the runners-up, Schalke went into the campaign high on confidence but five defeats from first five games meant they quickly found themselves in the bottom three. Form did improve as the season went on but not enough to trigger a rise in the league standings. The midfield and the defense were doing their bit, with Daniel Caligiuri being their best player as he ended the campaign as their top scorer with seven goals while also chipping in with three assists, while they had the best defensive record in the bottom have of the table. It was up front though where Schalke were poor, struggling to score goals and ended the season with just 37 goals, their worst tally since the 1996-97 season. Domenico Tedesco was sacked in March and replaced by Huub Stevens on a temporary basis but he too struggled to trigger a turnaround and the club has since confirmed Stevens will be leaving at the end of the campaign and replaced by David Wagner who will need to fix the attack quickly if Schalke are to come anywhere close to challenging for a European qualification spot next season.


Player of the Season: Daniel Caligiuri

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