The word ‘wonderkid’ is often bandied around willy-nilly in football – to the point where it has lost its impact over the years.
But one player who certainly warrants the tag is German international Julian Draxler.
The 20-year-old starlet is one of the favourites for this seasons Golden Boy award and has been attracting interest from a number of teams recently – including those in the Premier League.
Recently those overtures have come from Arsenal – and the player himself spoke fondly of The Emirates club this week:
“I have always said English teams are very big clubs and Arsenal is of course one of them. Of course I sometimes speak to Mesut or Per about the team, about the club, and they always have good words and they tell me nice things.”
"You never know what happens in the summer but Arsenal is a very, very nice team. They always have very young players, they play attractive football and that's what I like. But I better not speak too much about it because tomorrow I can read that I like to play for Arsenal. I think the people at Schalke would not like to hear that.”
There has also been talk of Manchester United expressing an interest in the player this week – as the chase for his signature heats up.
But it all started with Chelsea.
The London club were the first team to be linked with his signature this summer - even if the price-tag was set at a ludicrous fee of £60 million.
You can see why he was wanted. A tall, strong but elegant attacking midfielder - he could one day be the successor to Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.
Well not, it seems, according to football fans.
Goal.com have released a poll they have done recently with fans of the site, asking whish Premier League option is best for the German.
Arsenal came out on top with 50.9% of the vote while United came second with 32.4% - but alarmingly Chelsea came in third, way off the pace.
Only 7.8% of fans believe that Chelsea is the best destination for the playmaker - probably due to the attacking midfielder overload currently going on at Stamford Bridge.
Draxler would likely spend most of his time on the bench or in the under-21’s while playing for Chelsea – and football fans obviously feel that is a crying shame for a player so talented.
And it is hard not to agree.
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