The winter transfer period is just around the corner, with the transfer window opening in less than four weeks. It will be an extremely important few weeks for FC Schalke 04. Will the club bosses be able to correct the glaring mistakes from the summer?
There is a great need for action, especially on the right defensive side. Cedric Brunner is too prone to injuries and Henning Matriciani is simply overwhelmed in this position. A former U20 national player from Denmark could help FC Schalke 04 enormously.
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The right track has been discussed at Schalke for weeks. Brunner was injured for a long time, only celebrated his comeback against Osnabrück (4-0) and Matriciani is not a player for the right full-back position. S04 coach Karel Geraets recently adapted the system and played with a chain of four, but in the long term it will probably be a more offensive orientation with a chain of three or five.
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Sports director Andre Hechelmann and Co. should urgently step up their game in the winter. Maybe with Niklas Vesterlund? The 24-year-old is one of the rising stars in the Norwegian league. With Tromsø IL, the Dane finished the season in a strong third place last week and secured a ticket for the Conference League qualification.
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Vesterlund can play as a right-back in either a three-man or a four-man chain and occasionally helped out as a left-back for the Norwegian first division club. He is particularly impressive with his offensive drive (eleven goals in 33 games) and his ability to repeatedly put the attackers in the spotlight with good crosses and clever passes. There’s a huge problem with Royal Blue at the moment.
Vesterlund completed every game over the full distance
In addition to his athletic qualities, his consistency should also be a big plus. Vesterlund was on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes in every competitive game for Tromsø – an impressive statistic. Such a reliable player would certainly not be a bad option for the S04.
Its market value is currently 800 thousand euros. Since his contract only runs until December 2024, he would probably be available quite cheaply. In addition, at 24, he is in his prime as a footballer and would also be a medium to long-term solution for one of the Pottklub’s biggest construction sites.
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