Scout - Julian Draxler

Sky Sports Scout is our exciting feature where we scour the globe looking out for the best talent and bring you a report on what we find.

Last Updated: 21/05/14 at 12:08 Post Comment

Our scout will report back and you can comment on what you think of their appraisal.

You can only nominate a player by emailing here, including the word 'Scout' in your subject line, and please check to make sure we have not already covered the player.

You can also now interact with the scout via his Twitter feed! You can get in touch with him and interact here or just search for @skysportsscout.

The latest player to be spotlighted is Schalke's Julian Draxler.

The scout reports...

It is safe to say when you stand out in German football, you need to be something special and it is also safe to say that there are few talents in world football that come close to Julian Draxler.

The Schalke winger oozes class, and it does not take long to see why most of Europe is falling over themselves to try and grab him.

Elegant and graceful, but equally explosive and full of pace - Draxler is a prodigious talent.

Born just outside of Gelsenkirchen, he grew up as a Schalke fan and joined his first club aged just five - he played for junior sides BV Rentfort and SSV Buer before being spotted by Schalke, aged eight.

Draxler impressed at youth level and was already starring for Germany's Under-18 side before being selected for Schalke's first team. He made his debut aged just over 17 in January 2011, and became the club's youngest ever debutant, the fourth youngest in German football history.

Draxler almost immediately became a first-team regular and just 18 months after his debut for Schalke he was one of two uncapped players named in Germany's provisional squad for Euro 2012.

From the moment Joachim Low called up Draxler, he has been on the radar of most of Europe's top clubs, and his progress has continued at a pace.

By March 2013, he was making his 100th appearance for the club and this summer was one of Schalke battling to keep hold of him, with the player himself admitting that being a World Cup year - he was better off at Schalke.

Baby-faced Draxler looks even younger than 20, but his football is way beyond those years. At home on the left wing - he can play anywhere across the front-line - and can be devastating in any role.

At 6ft 2in, he could be gangly - but far from it, his pace sees him move effortlessly across the ground and he has a very good cross on him - although he loves and is very adept at picking a pass when breaking in field.

However, more than anything Draxler loves to shoot and he has reason to as he has stunning finishing ability - especially from range, and although left-footed can also hit them with his right.

In May 2013, he signed a two-year extension committing his future to Schalke until 2018 - but that is merely putting off the inevitable.

The scout says...

Draxler has admitted he is looking to join one of Europe's elite one day - and when he does he will have his pick - but he is a very down to earth young man who seems to know what he wants.

Draxler's talent has been allowed to flourish at Schalke and it is more than likely he will remain with his home-town club until after the World Cup - where he could very well have a starring role for Germany.

The Scout rating...

Shooting: 9 out of 10

Passing: 8 out of 10

Tackling: 6 out of 10

Heading: 6 out of 10

Pace: 9 out of 10

Vision: 8 out of 10

Current ability: 8 out of 10

Potential ability: 10 out of 10

OVERALL SCOUT RATING:64/80

Current value: £25million

Potential value: £60million

Your opinion...

You have read our opinion of Julian Draxler - now we want your views. Have you seen Draxler in action? Do you agree with our assessment? Do you think he will make it?

Get in touch, either using the form below, email or the scout's Twitter feed - @skysportsscout.

Would Julian Draxler make your team? Pick your Sky Sports Fantasy Football team for the chance to win over £100k in prizes. Play for free here.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

No concerns over Steven Gerrard, says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers remains confident that Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard will continue to deliver at the highest level.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hails strength of Abou Diaby ahead of return

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed the strength of character in Abou Diaby following his latest injury comeback.

Premier League: Brendan Rodgers says Mario Balotelli is a 'good guy'

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he is enjoying working with Mario Balotelli.

Mail Box

Will Rodgers Finally Drop Gerrard?

The mailbox wants to know if Brendan Rodgers has the stones to drop Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Wayne Rooney's display, sitting down, and thanking United fans...

Clattenburg And Assistants Should Be Suspended

It's a Mailbox containing Manchester United fans taking defeat to Leicester pretty well, plus some long thoughts on Gerrard and Liverpool, plus Southampton congratulations...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property