Friday, 18 October 2013

Wonderkid #1 - Julian Draxler:

Hello again everyone and welcome to one of my latest new segments that I am implementing on my blog, where I look at a wonderkid player who has potential to be special in the future in a certain league - I may do a wonderkid post either frequently, or less frequently depending on who I find throughout the weeks of me watching football and scouting for young players to analyse. 

So here is the first on German and FC Schalke 04 young midfielder Julian Draxler, whose transfer worth is gradually rising everyday with his impressive performances both in the Champions League and Bundesliga. 


Rising star: Draxler (centre) has impressed Europe with his consistent displays in the CL.

The young 20-year-old playmaker has played for Schalke since the tender age of 8 where he developed his skills as a young startlet in the world-famous Schalke youth academy who have produced the links of German No.1 goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the past 10 years. 

FACT: Draxler became the fourth youngest Bundesliga player ever in January 2011 when he made his debut for the senior side at the age of 17.

FACT: Draxler has already made 82 appearances for Schalke in the Bundesliga and 121 total appearances in all, scoring 25 goals in all competitions

FACT: Draxler has already made 20 international caps for Germany from Under-18 level to the senior squad.


German gem: Draxler has 20 caps for Germany already from U-18 to senior level.
And now as a result of his amazing potential and great displays in both the German league and the Champions League, many top clubs want his signature in the future including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid. 
He has admitted that he wants to complete a "dream move" sometime in his career, but has confirmed he will not leave Schalke until the summer of 2014 at the very earliest, with Arsenal his preferred destination at this present time. 


Wanted: Many of the top European clubs are interested in Draxler's signature ahead of next summer.


I have personally watched him grow since he was 17 and at the Schalke ranks, and he is improving game-by-game into a world-class midfielder who could become very special in years to come. He has great vision to seek out passes to team-mates, can create a chance out of nothing, has electric pace which baffles opposition defenders and knows how to get into good scoring positions with a very clinical shot.

Plus, he has gone from a youth star to a first-team player with the famous No.10 shirt, with the status of "Fans Favourite" ringing from the stands each week as the Schalke faithful hope they can hang onto the German starlet for as long as possible.