Schalke must keep Huntelaar and take a chance

Huntelaar

Forget selling the Dutchman to Liverpool, Arsenal, or Tottenham Hotspur in January, it makes more sense for the Germans to hang onto him.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has been heavily linked with a move away from Schalke over the past few weeks, with regard to his expiring contract.

He has scored seven goals for his club so far this season already, notching another against Arsenal last night in a 2-2 draw in Gelsenkirchen.

Along his his match-winning performance at the Emirates, he has really put himself in the shop window and both he and his club have a dilemma come January.

Do Schalke risk losing him on a free next summer? Or do they cash in during the next transfer window?

It is being claimed the latter, but the problem is according to reports the Germans may only be able to fetch £7 million for him - A steal for a striker who scored an astonishing 48 club goals last season.

He hit 29 in the Bundesliga, 14 in the Europa League and five in the German cup, overall 11 more than Van Persie scored in all competitions. No wonder there was friction reported between the two in the Dutch camp at Euro 2012 when Van Persie was preferred up front.

Arsenal have seen first hand what he can do, and Arsene Wenger should surely enquire, but if we were Schalke, we'd try to hang onto the Dutchman as long as possible.

The reason? This side have a real chance of success this season, and it would not make sense to throw that away over a £7 million saving.

Huntelaar is pretty irreplaceable for them, and losing him mid-season would effectively negate any chance of achievement this campaign, not to mention show a worrying message to fans over their ambition.

Schalke are top of their group in the Champions League,  unbeaten and one point above Arsenal. If they can close out the group in their final two matches against Montpellier and Olympiakos, then they could land themselves a favourable draw in the knockout phase.

Huntelaar himself may have his own doubts on walking away from a Champions League knockout tie for a switch to Liverpool or Tottenham, and the Germans should then have a good chance at convincing him to stay for one last hurrah.

Even if it is accepted he will leave at the end of the season, club and player should finish what they have started, and currently sitting second in the Bundesliga, the side have more than one competition to focus on.

If they lose him in the summer then fine, but surely that's better than losing him in January and throwing away a promising season? £7 million or even £10 million is scant compensation for success, dreams, and ambition?

Should Schalke keep Huntelaar? Could your club tempt him away?

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