Julian Draxler has “not reached his full performance level by a long shot”, according to his former youth coach at Schalke, with it suggested that he needs a move away from Paris Saint-Germain.
Despite being into his ninth season as a senior star, the Germany international is still only 25 years of age.
He has been lauded as one of European football’s most exciting talents since bursting onto the scene as a teenager and has offered enough to work his way to PSG and make over 70 appearances for the Ligue 1 champions.
It has, however, been suggested that he is yet to fulfil his true potential and that a switch to a side where he can be the undoubted star could be of greater benefit to his ongoing development.
Dirk Reimoller, who helped to put Draxler on the path to stardom at Schalke, told Spox: “He has not reached his full performance level by a long shot. I'm convinced of his footballing and human abilities.”
He added on the competition for places at PSG which is threatening to hold certain players back, as Draxler competes with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria for regular game time: “The situation of the central creative players is becoming increasingly difficult when you look at the top teams.
“For their development, it may even be better if players like Julian or Mario [Gotze] do not play in a top European team, but in a team that depends on them and is unsuccessful without them.”
Reimoller has also acknowledged that Draxler received too much praise when he was making the breakthrough at Schalke, with too much expected of him.
He has still gone on to flourish for club and country, with 48 caps having been secured with Germany.
Draxler formed part of successful squads at the 2014 World Cup and 2017 Confederations Cup and was acquired by PSG in a €36 million (£32m/$42m) deal back in January 2017.
Time is still on his side as he seeks to build on those successes, with his current contract in France set to run until the summer of 2021.