How Far Can FC Schalke 04 Go in Bundesliga 2020
Things have not been so good lately for Schalke 04. They had to go through numerous hardships and challenges in the recent past. Despite all those challenges, they will dispute another Bundesliga season. And this won’t be easy after their horrible second half of the last campaign.
That lousy end of the season brought the team close to relegation after fighting for European competition spots in the first round.
According to a Forbes’ ranking published in mid-2020, Schalke 04 is the 14 richest football club in the world. Likewise, it has been ranked in the 16th position in terms of revenue. Besides, its wide loyal fan base is one of the largest assets that they have as of now. On top of that, Schalke 04 is having a top-class youth academy as well. With all these assets, Schalke 04 should be miles ahead from the current position they have.
Jochen Schneider and Alexander Jobst, Shalke 04 board members, apologized in a recent press conference for all the mistakes they did in the past. These mistakes created a major negative impact on the team. As of now, the team is kind of in a desperate situation. However, it is not too late for FC Schalke 04 to make a comeback.
The Shalke 04 2020/21’s sporting talent
Suat Serdar will be the key focus of Schalke 04 for Bundesliga 2020. Players like Mark Uth and Nabil Bentaleb are returning and will reinforce the team’s midfield. Also, youngsters Nick Taitague and Can Bozdogan were promoted to the top team. Though, the team depended too much on recently transferred Weston McKennie. So, these players will have to contribute a lot towards the progression of the team.
McKennie’s loss is the most important given that he formed a great pair in the middle of the field with Serdar.
When we take a look at the brightest young names that exist in the league, we can see how Serdar is holding a prominent place. The German youth international achieved 7 goals during his 20 Bundesliga appearances last season. So, he has secured a strong reputation and could have a major influence on the team`s performance. The Serdar’s presence will matter a lot.
On the other hand, the Schalke of the previous season was a very goal-lacking team. So, to correct this situation, both Gonçalo Paciència and Vedad Ibisevic arrive. The Portuguese lands in Gelsenkirchen looking for playing minutes. For his part, the Bosnian, after a good season at Hertha, comes to contribute goals and a lot of effort.
There is potential for Schalke 04 to reach a place in the middle of the standings when Bundesliga 2020/21 ends. However, the entire team will have to work hard. In the meantime, we can see questions popping up on whether Schalke 04 can retain at least 50% of its squad. The biggest weakness this team shows is the lack of consistent and reliable strikers. If Schalke 04 FC works hard on that, they could improve a lot its offensive side productivity.
Things didn’t work out well for Shalke 04 in the past. But, we could see them making a comeback after learning from the mistakes.