Schalke’s Attack- Horrific not Prolific

Rumours that Schalke 04 are going to drop the ‘4’ from their name and just be called Schalke 0 are clearly unfounded but looking at their goalscoring record they would be justified.

After two weekends of Bundesliga action, Schalke remain the only side not to have scored a goal. Across all three top divisions in Germany after two games, only 3.Liga SV Meppen had also failed to score.

The passionate fans at the Veltins Arena really got behind their side last weekend against Bayern Munich and the atmosphere created (even at 3-0 down) was awesome. That said, the long-suffering supporters are going to want to see a reaction from their team and above all they want to see goals (or at least a singular goal).

Drought

The thing is, they are getting a little used to this lack of the ball hitting the back of the opposition net.

Last season saw the Königsblauen score just 37 goals with home fans in Gelsenkirchen witnessing just 16. In nine home matches last season they failed to score. Their top scorer was midfielder Daniel Caligiuri with seven (and four of those were penalties).

The strikers all failed to deliver. Breel Embolo (now at Borussia Mönchengladbach) hit five, Guido Burgstaller got four, while youngster Ahmed Kutucu scored two. Mark Uth, signed as the great goalscoring hop from Hoffenheim, found the back of the net just twice having scored 14 the previous season.

Schalke shot map v BMG

This season has started in a similar low-scoring (no-scoring) fashion. An opening day 0-0 draw away at Gladbach saw them have 8 shots with only one on target. Last weekend at home to Bayern, David Wagner’s side mustered 10 shots with 6 on target. Their expected xG against Borussia was 0.76, while versus Bayern it rose slightly to 1.08.

Plan B?

It is hard to imagine any of the current strikers having an amazing turnaround in form, so Schalke may have to turn to the transfer market before the window closes on Monday 2nd September at 18:00 CET.

Patrik Schick’s name has been mentioned with Roma agreeing that he can leave following their signing of Nikola Kalinic from Atletico Madrid. The 23-year-old Czech would be a good option for die Knappen, but they may struggle to come up with the €20 million needed to sign him. An initial loan would be an option, but with RB Leipzig also reportedly interested and Schalke’s lack of European football, it could be hard to pull off.

Another name being linked is that of Andre Silva from AC Milan. Bild are reporting that he could be available for a €5 million loan fee, with the Italians covering part of his wages. The issue for Schalke is the player reportedly would prefer a move to Spain, where he played for Sevilla on loan last season.

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Mathew Burt

A year spent living in Bremen got Mathew hooked on the Bundesliga with regular visits to the Weser Stadion getting in the way of his studies. Back in the UK now, he still keenly follows the Grün-Weißen and German football in general. Follow him on Twitter @matburt74.

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