Schalke set to let Ibrahim Afellay go - Is he worth a Premier League gamble?

Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham were all linked with his signing this summer. So would anyone consider a move for the Barcelona trickster after his time in the Bundesliga?

This summer he was linked with a litany of big teams in the Premier League with Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all reportedly holding a vested interest in Ibrahim Afellay.

The Dutchman was put on to the transfer market as a potential loan signing for any able suitors as his parent club Barcelona wanted to see if he could return from an injury ravaged spell in Catalonia with a progressive season farmed out elsewhere; before making a decision on his future.

At 26-years-old it was considered something of a make or break season for the talented creative midfielder as his battles with injury and fitness have hindered his progress since leaving PSV Eindhoven in 2011.

The Dutch international had a very disappointing Euro 2012 which did not help his cause this summer but in the end he did find a move; with Bundesliga side Schalke 04 happy to link him up with fellow Oranje international star Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

However since his move to Gelsenkirchen it has again been a mixed bag for the lad. Despite impressing in many of his performances he has only managed to play 13 games this season as a serious thigh tear has stopped his progress this season.

It is yet another injury set-back for the player but the way he has handled himself under such duress has not been received well in the German public or media.

According to a report in German publication Bild, Afellay reacted extremely angrily toward physio staff at the Veltins-Arena after initially being passed fit to play by his national team and then being told he had a seven-centimetre muscle tear in his thigh.

He reportedly freaked out at the news and shouted at the physiotherapist, and those of a more sensitive disposition may want to look away now;

‘’F*ck you, F*ck you, Amateurs!’’

Such behaviour along with his continual injury problems means Schalke will not be exercising their right to buy the Dutchman in the summer with Schalke general manager Horst Heldt replying to the question of his potential return to Barcelona with a very succinct ‘’I suppose so’’.

So that means he will be available again this summer. If any Premier League clubs want to bring in a 27-year-old player with a vast array of injury problems who also likes shouting profanities at the club physio then this is their man.

I can’t see Colin Lewin standing for that.

Would you want your team to take a chance on Ibrahim Afellay?

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