Adam Szalai is a Hungarian international striker who is netting at will for his German Bundesliga side, Schalke 04. He does not start every game, but when he does, he makes sure that every minute he spends in the final third certainly counts for something.
Earlier today, he scored a brace in a 4-1 home win over Augsburg that was a much-needed victory. The hosts found themselves 1-0 down before Kevin Prince-Boateng got things going with an equalizing spot-kick.
This victory arrives just weeks after a 4-0 home humbling to reigning champions Bayern Munich. Szalai did not even feature in that game, as the Gelsenkirchen side seemed lost all over the field, with the Bavarians dominating every single blade of grass for the entire 90 minutes.
Now, with the Hungarian on the form of his life, he should expect to start every single game and also be expected to keep this goal scoring flowing game by game.
The beauty of this team’s style is that they have Boateng playing right behind him in the 4-2-3-1 formation. Four defenders, two defensive mids, and behind the lone striker there are three creative attacking mids. Szalai is all alone up top, but if he is found with the right pass, his job shouldn’t be too difficult.
He is a player that is finding his stride, as he has settled nicely. He played for Real Madrid Castilla to develop into the striker that he is today, but was never looked at seriously enough to play for the A side of the capital giants. Regardless, this has worked out nicely, as he should be on this Schalke team for seasons to come.