FC Schalke 04 has been known for its really good youth work in recent years. Manuel Neuer, Leroy Sane and Julian Draxler all came from the Knappenschmiede into the first team and laid the foundation for their top international careers there.
So that FC Schalke 04 can continue to attract the next great talents in the future, the scouts of the Bundesliga club are on the lookout for promising jewels, especially in the Ruhr area. According to “RevierSport”, they should now have the next talent in mind.
FC Schalke 04 interested in Futkeu
As “RevierSport” reports, FC Schalke 04 is said to be interested in Noel Futkeu from Schwarz-Weiß Essen. The 20-year-old has scored 18 goals in 20 appearances in the Oberliga Niederrhein for his club so far this season. In the two games in the Lower Rhine Cup, Futkeu was also able to score two more goals and contribute four assists. These good performances also draw the attention of other clubs to the offensive player.
According to the report, scouts from various regional league teams have watched Black and White Essen games over the past few weeks to watch Futkeu. Namely, it should have been the representatives of the U23 clubs of Fortuna Düsseldorf, FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Mönchengladbach. Alemannia Aachen or the SSVg Velbert are said to have observed the 20-year-old.
Will Futkeu move to FC Schalke 04?
It is unlikely that Futkeu will leave his club in winter. Andreas Winkler, who is a friend of Futkeu’s uncle and adviser, emphasized this in an interview with the newspaper. “As of today, I’m assuming that Noel will finish the season at Uhlenkrug,” he said. The attacking player’s contract expires next summer and he would then be available on a free transfer.
“If you look at the table, it’s not so clear,” said his uncle in relation to the question of whether the 20-year-old will actually leave Essen in the summer. “Maybe the ETB will rise. Noel really feels very comfortable at the Uhlenkurg. The coach is great, the team is great, those responsible around Karl Weiß are doing an excellent job. As I said, you never know what’s going to happen in football,” explains Andreas Winkler in an interview with “RevierSport”.