Schalke were pretty much doomed in January when they were well at the foot of the table, but they were still trying to throw some money at veteran players in hopes that they would lead a heroic comeback.
Klass Jan Huntelaar, Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi were all signed, but they did absolutely nothing to revive their fortunes and the end result was a terrible relegation that could be difficult to jump back from.
These January signatures were a desperate gamble, but a report from Ruhr news has revealed how the humiliation did not stop there.
In Germany, it seems they have an award that can be accurately translated as “Loser of the Year Award” – It is essentially awarded to the player who has had an absolute choker all season, but it is also voted by the writers on Kicker it’s the kind of football writers’ worst player of the season.
Mustafi must have really pushed the boat out to “win” the award as he was only there for half a season and 13 games, but you can be sure Arsenal will be happy that he is not there anymore after a race of really awful performances.