Schalke: 3 reasons Ralf Fahrmann is a bonafide hero

Schalke 04, Ralf Fahrmann (Photo by Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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2. Forget Nubel

I am not a fan of Nubel anymore, obviously. Many people aren’t. But you can’t be so naive to think that he isn’t an incredibly talented keeper who we would have loved to keep. That’s why he was made captain and given a contract offer to try to entice him to stay.

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It’s not easy to replace someone of that caliber. Not easy at all. And even if we had added the excitement of Zack Steffen, or whoever else might have joined the club, they would have needed time to truly replace Nubel. Markus Schubert is in need of that time too.

Ralf Fahrmann is one of the few guys who does not need time to replace Nubel. Fahrmann has always been a tremendous keeper, he only went out on loan to make way for Nubel and keep his game time up and now that he’s coming back, there should be zero drop off in quality at keeper. A nice, rounded zero.

Fahrmann is going to walk in, claim the job, and we’re going to forget all about Nubel. And since Nubel isn’t going to unseat Manuel Neuer any time soon, we won’t even have to think about him when we play Bayern. So that’s nice too.