With his goal and his excellent performance last Saturday in Leverkusen against Bayer, the ‘Hunter’ apparently got the hang of it again. He had to wait a long time, now he is back in the Schalke base showing his ‘old’ qualities. The Dutch striker was rather vague about his future on Wednesday after training, after he had already announced that he would end his career at Ajax before the summer.
He’s been with Schalke since January, will he continue there? “I said that about the end of my career at Ajax, now I just have the current situation in my head,” he says initially evasively. Kicker. But then adds tellingly: “You never know …”
It would be quite surprising if the cult striker actually plays one more season in the Second Bundesliga, in which more physical play and tough resistance can be expected. Yet he no longer categorically excludes this possibility. His comeback at the royal blue has been very unpleasant so far since the beginning of the year.
Due to constant calf problems, which he had already brought from Amsterdam, participation was initially out of the question. Huntelaar worked on his fitness with several physios, first completed two mini-raid turns, and was ready for the starting line-up in Leverkusen.
There he even lasted for 90 minutes, scored an alleged goal, but which was offside, and later even struck beautifully, when he took the ball with the chest and took it out effectively. So, old qualities of the goalscorer. “Everything is okay, I felt very good physically,” says the 37-year-old now.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar lashes out effectively against Leverkusen.
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Essentially, he supports the path that Schalke coach Dimitrios Grammozis has taken to play a little more offensive. “The match in Leverkusen”, said Huntelaar, “showed us that we have to move forward as a team. You have to take a certain risk, otherwise it will be too easy for the opponent. ” He continues: “Now it is important to convert the existing energy into positive, then some useful results should stand out.”
The oldest Bundesliga scorer of all time at Schalke is Huntelaar, who replaced Oliver Reck in this ranking last weekend. And of course it shouldn’t stop with this one goal for Huntelaar. Maybe there will even be a few more in the Second Bundesliga soon.