Schalke 04: David Wagner wants Nassim Boujellab to be a solution

Schalke 04, Nassim Boujellab (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Schalke 04, Nassim Boujellab (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

Schalke 04 needs creative midfield solutions, and as David Wagner’s decision making as a witness, it’s clear that Nassim Boujellab could one such a solution.

Throughout the struggle-filled days leading up to the pause, David Wagner tried so many things in an attempt to boost Schalke 04’s struggling attack. One of his solutions was Nassim Boujellab, who started three matches in less than a month.

He was also the guy that Wagner turned to when Bayern started slapping us around, and this involvement is only going to pick up as the final stretch of the season gets underway.

While Boujellab never quite gelled in the attack, these things take time and if we look back at what he was able to do with Schalke II, we can see that there’s a reason why David Wagner wants him to work out so badly.

Nassim Boujellab would be David Wagner’s solution to Schalke’s attacking woes

Schalke just don’t get a lot of goal production from their midfield, particularly in a creating for others kind of way, but Boujellab has proven to be that kind of midfielder from his time with the reserves.

In just eight appearances for Schalke II this year, Boujellab has three goals and three assists. His crowning achievement came in the dismantling of Dortmund II, when the Royal Blues stomped them 5-1.

In that match, Boujellab accounted for a goal and two assists—also known as 60% of the goals scored—and that became his penultimate match for the reserves. Wagner wanted him with the senior club.

With links to the likes of Kevin Stoger on a free, Wagner has to be keen on letting Boujellab get as much time as possible in an attempt to see if the 20-year-old can be the midfield solution we so clearly need. While Suat Serdar and Amine Harit have been midfield maestros, they can’t be the only resources we have, and for Serdar, creating for others is not a strong suit.

For Boujellab, it is. He’s just another talented young youth product to rise through the ranks and if the track record of this club is anything to go off of, there’s a lot to look forward to with more Boujellab involvement. Even if we haven’t seen the best of him at the senior club just yet.

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It’s going to be hard work balancing the best of the club for fighting for a European place with still including Nassim Boujellab, but David Wagner is a man with a plan, as always.