While the Premier League was once considered to be unquestionably the world's best and most entertaining football division, the gradual exodus of several star names over recent seasons has led to an inevitable and notable decline in standards - particularly in an attacking context.
Such an evident and seemingly irreversible decline has seen the English top-flight slip down the pecking order in most rational, level-headed fans' list of the world's strongest leagues.
For many, the German Bundesliga has now replaced the Premier League and is the popular division of choice for the modern supporter.
Despite the title race seemingly destined for the foreseeable future to continue as a two-legged contest between Bavarian giants Bayern Munich and Jurgen Klopp's charismatic and much-admired Borussia Dortmund outfit, the commendably reasonable ticket prices and exciting brand of football has seen the league experience an enormous rise to prominence of late.
Given this apparent aforementioned shift, I firmly believe that it would be in the best interests of Schalke starlet Julian Draxler to remain in his native country rather than seek a switch to the Premier League.
Linked with title chasing duo Arsenal and Chelsea, the talented playmaker who has been attracting a plethora of admirers due to his wonderful technical quality would seem destined to follow in the footsteps of many of his compatriots by trying his luck on these shores. But why?
I am obviously aware of the potential for increased financial earnings at certain clubs but, in a footballing context, what does the Premier League offer Draxler that the Bundesliga now does not?
It seems rather unlikely that Arsenal will be able to maintain their current pace throughout a gruelling campaign while Jose Mourinho's Chelsea have appeared distinctly average this season despite the heralded return of the popular Portuguese.
After all, it is not as if the 20-year-old is currently excluded from competing at the very highest level. Schalke are one of the 32 teams currently slogging it out for the place in the latter stages of the Champions League - currently three points ahead of Chelsea at the summit of Group E - with a very strong chance of advancing to the knockout rounds.
Ultimately, of course, the decision over Draxler's future and his career will rest with the player himself.
However, if he intends to successfully fulfil his massive potential then he would arguably be better off remaining in the Bundesliga - be that with Schalke or indeed one of their slightly bigger rivals - rather than coming to the Premier League.
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