Klaas-Jan Huntelaars return to Schalke 04 is a matter of time, but former striker Erik Meijer openly doubts whether the 37-year-old striker will be successful again in Gelsenkirchen. At the gate closer of the Bundesliga Huntelaar plays far from the goal.
“Thats why I didnt expect it from Klaas-Jan”, says Meijer to the Algemeen Dagblad. “Ajax plays dominant, so hes in the enemy zone. There he is still very good and useful. He stays, he is the pinchhitter and has a tremendous status in the team.”
“Schalke is not dominant and often plays far from the goal,” continues the former Bundesliga striker. “Then the defensive work Klaas-Jan will take a lot of strength. Strength that he will hopefully not be short for the goal, because that is essential when you have exceeded the 30. That is why I doubt whether he will be successful again.”
That Meijer has a lot of respect for Huntelaar, who also played at PSV, De Graafschap, AGOVV, sc Heerenveen, Real Madrid and AC Milan, is beyond doubt. “He scored all over Europe. There cant be many.”
Huntelaar is in all probability presented by Schalke on Tuesday. According to German media, the medical inspection in Gelsenkirchen did not cause any problems.