Scout Report: Julian Draxler
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on May 11, 2016
Is Julian Draxler good enough for Chelsea? I think so, here’s why.
The german attacking midfielder has slipped under the mainstream radar in recent years, with 2 years ago being heavily linked to joining Arsenal where he chose to stay loyal to his employers at Schalke by signing a new contract. At the start of the season he was ever so close to joining Serie A Champions Juventus but Schalke declined the €10m bid.
However, his form has not decreased with his popularity as he is still tearing up the Bundesliga at his new club Wolfsburg, despite them not having the best of seasons. Draxler has also managed to put in some fantastic performances on the big stage in the Champions League, most noticeably being the key figure in knocking Manchester United out of the group stages in a 3-2 victory, setting up the second goal as well as causing United’s defence problems with blistering runs and cutting passes. Another great performance by Draxler in Wolfburg’s Champions League campaign was his 2 goals and assist against Gent in their 3-2 win, also setting up Andre Schurrle’s sole goal in the reverse fixture.
Draxler is full of pace, flair and creativity; an exciting player to see in the Premier League. His positional change into the number 10 role this season has really benefitted him, allowing freedom in his runs and using his creativity to its full potential. He’s been hit with a few injuries this second half of the season but I believe in a team with improved quality and a top manager who is known for developing and improving players, Draxler can fulfil his potential as a star midfielder.
With a huge overhaul in the summer for Chelsea, it’s possible players who haven’t been up to scratch in quality or performances may be shipped out – such as Oscar. For me, Oscar isn’t good enough for Chelsea; he lacks creativity, drive, consistency and anything you really depend on in a number 10 player. That’s where I think Draxler can step in and take us a bit further in that role.
[Sources: ESPN, BBC Sport, MailSport, Metro Sport]