Draxler’s downfall - Could he be the next Marko Marin?

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The Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United target feels the pressure. Bild asks: "Is the £38.5m transfer fee crushing Draxler?"

He was highly praised, being called a starlet and the next German wunderkind. Transfer rumors were going head over heel: £15m, £19.5m, £60m, £25.7m plus Podolski.

Maybe it was too early and someone cheered too soon.

Now Julian Draxler, who plays for FC Schalke at Bundesliga, is in the midst of disappointing form and has got off to a bad start this season. No Bundesliga goal thus far and just one assist. Draxler needs 743 minute for not even one goal comparing to 153 minutes per goal last season.

To be fair. Draxler wasn’t a quick starter last season either. At the same time last year he had just recorded one goal and one assist in Bundesliga however with slightly better grades by football experts then now.

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This year he wins 52.2% of every one on one battle, 6% more then last year. But his drive in attack is lacking.

Germany’s favourite tabloid Bild asks: “Is the £38.5m transfer fee crushing Draxler?“

They added that he seemed to kept his cool after the summer transfer fuss and now not any more. Schalke’s general manager Horst Heldt had some explanations: “One must not forget that he is still a very young player aged 20.”

Heldt continued that no one knew last season how to handle Draxler. Now everyone knows what he is capable of.

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But this isn’t helping matters. If someone should be worth a £60m bid or £25.7m plus Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski, at least a accomplished German international, he should be dominating, lead his team and win games. Draxler isn’t doing that and his young age is no excuse given the expectation. Mario Gotze lived up to his hype, when he was about the same age as Draxler, and is now doing the same at Bayern Munich.

And even Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle out did Draxler in the German national team’s match against Sweden where he excelled with an amazing hat trick.

So maybe Premier League’s club should hold their horses before they overpay and sell players like Podolski out. The next German wunderkind could also be the next Marko Marin.

And Draxler? He should continue to listen to his mentor Raul, the long time Real Madrid striker and former teammate of Draxler at Schalke. They reportedly have a close relationship and Raul advised Draxler to stay a little longer at Schalke.

Finally a conservative call after all the transfer fuss.

What do you think about Draxler’s downfall? Should Premier League clubs worry?

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