4. This team is built for longevity
Honestly, it feels a little weird saying this because Schalke has had so much trouble retaining their talented young players over the past decade or so, but the difference we’re seeing now is they are getting better about getting contracts to the guys that need them.
Take Weston McKennie and Amine Harit, for example. Both are rather crucial to the future of this team and both have recently signed into new deals. Then there are guys like Rabbi Matondo, Ahmed Kutucu, and Ozan Kabak who just need more game time before they start to power this club to better things.
These players aren’t going to jump ship or they’d already be pushing for it and not signing new contracts. And if they do want to push for exits while under contract, we can cash in on them and turn around to buy an applicable replacement. There is no shortage of people who appreciate the rich history of this club and who would love a chance to play here.
Don’t judge a long-term project on a couple of months. You have to give it time to play out. It may feel awful right now but these are the kinds of things the club has to learn to get through.
A more immediate positive at No. 3.