There’s an old saying: “You can never have too much of a good thing.”
But the fact is, you can.
On Wednesday evening, following Schalke’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League, Royal Blues playmaker Julian Draxler hinted at a possible move to Stamford Bridge in an exclusive interview with Bleacher Report.
“You never know,” he said when asked about the likelihood of a transfer. “I think [Stamford Bridge] is a great stadium. It’s a great team and a great coach.”
Draxler, of course, has been linked to Chelsea in the past.
“I owe Schalke a lot; I have always been at Schalke,” he added. “But I’m not so rooted here that I could not tear myself away.”
Chelsea, however, would hardly be the ideal destination, either for the player or the club.
Already the Premier League side has a stockpile of talent it can barely manage. More than 25 of its players are out on loan this season, among them midfielders and wingers including Marko Marin, Gael Kakuta, Thorgan Hazard, Lucas Piazon, Victor Moses and Ulises Davila—players who couldn’t displace the playmaking personnel already at the club.
Yes, Draxler is a rare talent. He can play across the attacking midfield and last season scored 10 goals for Schalke while being the primary creative force in the Gelsenkirchen side’s top-four finish. He would add a meaningful dimension to most clubs.
But not Chelsea.
This is an outfit, don’t forget, that already can’t decide what to do with Mata—a two-time club player of the year—and even if Draxler did come to Stamford Bridge, it’s unlikely he’d be able to displace the playmakers currently in the team with enough regularity to get consistent minutes.
And that would hardly do his development any good.
In this case, especially where Chelsea are concerned, it’s certainly possible to have too much of a good thing.