Suat Serdar may or may not stay at Schalke forever, or even beyond this summer, but there’s no point worry what’s next. Die Knappen has it covered.
Anytime you score seven goals from the midfield, you’re going to get noticed, and that notice almost certainly comes with transfer rumors. Therefore, seeing as how Suat Serdar is in the midst of his first big breakout season at Schalke 04, all the clubs are swarming. They want to snag him for the next step of his career.
For Schalke, that means tying him down to a new deal, which they are reportedly actively doing right this moment. It can be stressful, especially as the Royal Blues have trouble keeping players beyond their first blossom, but especially as far as Serdar is concerned, there’s really no point in being stressed out about it.
After all, just as we have proved so many times before and, most recently with Leon Goretzka, there is always life after. For Serdar’s situation, David Wagner is wasting no time getting started with that “after” too.
Schalke may not keep Suat Serdar forever, but the future looks good regardless
This far into the season, we’ve seen two young midfielders touted as potential replacements if Serdar has to leave. Both Nassim Boujellab and Levent Mercan are similar players that operate in a box-to-box role and have a track record of scoring goals.
Going beyond them, though, there is always more. Nick Taitague just got a new deal and he is just begging to get some game time as soon as he can stay healthy and get back into the first-team set-up.
Then you can dig even deeper than that, with Can Bozdogan and more, and you can see a steady stream of players just like Serdar. And the advantage those players have over Serdar is that they’ve been here longer—most of them anyway. So we’ve seen more of them through their development.
Just right there, that’s four midfielders who can bring the same kind of goal production that Serdar brings. Now, getting that to translate regularly on a Bundesliga level is another story, but it’s a start, and it’s exciting. You can’t deny that. And if they’re anything like Serdar, they can pop at any time. No one expected Serdar to burst into the top scorer spot like he did. But he did.
Why can’t Boujellab or Mercan or Taitague or Bozdogan do the same? You can’t actually answer that question because there isn’t an answer. And that’s the point. The world is an enigma.