Since Thomas Reis took over at FC Schalke 04, the trend in the Royal Blues has been upwards. New players should come in winter, who will make the goal of staying in the league even more tangible. For Schalke, however, only loan transactions are possible.
FC Schalke 04 spends the winter in last place in the Bundesliga. Nevertheless, it is noticeable that the change of coach has given the team a jolt. The next step towards staying up in the league is to be taken in winter with transfers.
What Schalke lacks in terms of personnel is obvious: pace and central defenders. Due to injuries, the Royal Blues urgently need more options for the central defence; van den Berg, Kaminski, Greiml and Cisse are currently out. In addition to another central defender, head coach Thomas Reis would like to see speed on the offensive. Schalke are the slowest team in the league and regularly pay tribute to this mistake in squad planning. There has to be more.
The financial situation complicates Schalke's transfer plans for the winter. There is actually no money for newcomers, even the fee for Thomas Reis was not fully included (the ex-Bochumer is said to have paid part of the payment himself). According to the picture, royal blue is primarily targeting loan deals until the end of the season in order to optimize the squad situationally and postpone squad planning for the future until summer, hopefully with the league in the bag. The tabloid also names names that should be at the top of the list for the miners. As previously reported, Luca Waldschmidt is a hot topic at Schalke; the attacker is to be awarded by VfL Wolfsburg. The only drawback: Waldschmidt does not bring real speed, albeit playful class. In terms of speed, Bild brings Gerrit Holtmann into play. The speedster from VfL Bochum had a very successful time with Thomas Reis and could switch camps in winter. Since leaving Reis, Holtmann has mostly only been a substitute at Bochum. The image does not yet speak of a really hot track.
This article was originally published on 90min.com/de as So Schalke 04 plans the transfer winter.