To say that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is Schalke's talisman is something of an understatement to say the least, especially when you consider that Bundesliga outfit looked lost without him for long spells of last season.
A striker of the highest calibre, Huntelaar has scored 60 goals in 98 Bundesliga appearances having joined Schalke from AC Milan in 2010, whilst also helping the Gelsenkirchen based outfit to two third place finishes in the league.
Proven Bundesliga marksman, with no reliable replacement
When Huntelaar dons the legendary Royal Blue jersey he is often unplayable, and the rest of his team seem to grow in confidence when there captain is doing what he does best, by scoring and setting up goals.
However, when the Dutchman is either injured or not on form, Schalke are unable to call on anyone, who has the capability to change a game by themselves.
Indeed, the 31-year-old was on target for Schalke in their opening Bundesliga fixture away against Hannover, but was unable to offer anymore as his employers eventually slumped to a 2-1 defeat.
Overworked and with injury problems
The former Real Madrid striker looked shattered in the dying minutes of the game, and it was obvious to see that rest of the Schalke line-up including manager Jens Keller who was making wild gestures at Huntelaar were expecting far too much of him.
At 31, Huntelaar is already showing signs of his grand age, and it is a given that Schalke will need to bring in another goal-hungry striker if they are serious about performing to a high standard in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League.
Although Schlake are not rolling in money, they are neither in a bad state either and as a result can afford a decent striker, and whilst they are counting their euros they should take a quick look at the five frontman I have tipped to do the job at the Veltnis-Arena.
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