Luca Waldschmidt is not yet a household name, which is a good thing because two vowels and nine consonants, including six in a row, are really hard to spell correctly.
But he’s certainly a rising star, as evidenced by his breakout season for Freiburg last year (9 goals in 30 games, which he was on pace to better this season before a knee injury sidelined him in the winter) and by his star turn at the U21 Euros in the summer, where he finished as the tournament’s top scorer — he had as many goals as Federico Chiesa, Dani Olmo, and Tammy Abraham combined (7). He’s made his senior debut as well, collecting three Germany caps since October.
A month shy of his 24th birthday and with two years left on his contract, he’s also at the perfect confluence of age and career to make a big move to somewhere else while also not costing an arm and a leg (yet). So a Chelsea link is not exactly an outrageous suggestion, since it’s also well established that we’re looking for some reinforcements at the position. Waldschmidt is more of a support striker than a spearhead, and is often deployed in a front two or even as a wing-forward.
Unfortunately for certain tabloids that will go unnamed, such suggestions are rather premature, with Freiburg sporting director Klemens Hartenbach putting the harten-kibosh on any such notions.
“It is clear that Luca is rightly interesting for other clubs. But in that case, there has been no contact. We don’t know anything about it.”
Of course, “contact” and “interest” are two quite separate things, and one certainly could exist without the other. So while Freiburg’s effort is valiant, they’re hardly going to put a dent in any future rumors regarding their prized forward.
Until next time...