Schalke’s Sporting Director made quite a splash today with the claim that the German side not only rejected Juventus’ bid for Draxler, but told them to refrain from contacting the youngster again.
Apparently, Juventus offered an amount nowhere near what the Germans were looking for. However, Juve are keen on continuing to negotiate for the World Cup winning 21 year old, but the bigger issue is, what is the Old Lady going to get out of him?
Draxler is undoubtedly one of the hottest prospects in Europe, and it’s not a secret. Playing for Schalke, one of Germany’s consistent Champions League sides, he has experience in Europe’s premier competition. It’s also worth noting that Draxler was part of the German team that won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A man of his pedigree is not easy to find.
The problem with Draxler is his history of injuries. Also, if Juve want to replace Vidal, they would need a more central player.
From an attacking perspective, Draxler is a natural winger. He’s left footed, and doesn’t have Vidal’s physicality, or even that of an alternative like Isco, who plays for Real Madrid.
Comparing Draxler to Isco is difficult. They are two players of high quality, but not made for the same position. In Isco’s favor is his speed and touch, which arguably for a 23 year old is among the best in Europe. His ability to get past players is phenomenal, and with one of the sweetest shots in Spain, his potential place in a trequartista (attacking midfielder) position at Juventus is clear.
Isco was a part of the 2013 U-21 Euro winning Spanish side that beat Italy in the final to lift the trophy. In that tournament the Real Madrid midfielder dominated the competition, standing head and shoulders above the rest. Even for an Italy that featured the then-famous “Pescara triad” of Verratti, Insigne and Immobile, nobody came close to the Spaniard.
Fast forward to 2015, Isco finds himself in and out of the Real Madrid starting lineup. Notwithstanding the tough competition for playing time, he still has been able to put up impressive numbers for Los Blancos.
In 106 games with Real Madrid, Isco has scored 17 goals and 23 assists. Not bad for a player who has faced competition from James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale for playing time. Regardless, if there is a player worth investing in who can bring tremendous proven quality, it’s Isco.
In the end, Juventus will have to decide whether they want to bring in a player who at the moment is superior with more room to grow, or Draxler, a player who will need to take his play up to the next level to really merit the famed trequartista role for Juventus.