Rodrigo Zalazar: It would be a dream to score in front of the home crowd
Rodrigo Zalazar introduced himself to the Royal Blues fans with a goal on his competitive debut against FC 08 Villingen, and has started every game since his arrival, but he is yet to score a league goal for S04, which is somewhat frustrating for him, but also something he has firmly in his sights.
“I always want to score goals, and I know I’ll get one soon,” Zalazar is sure that a goal is coming his way, and adds that he wants to make a vital contribution to the team performance through his individual efforts. “I don’t care who’s scored if we win,” commented the midfielder, who is looking forward to playing in front of more than 25,000 fans in the VELTINS-Arena when permitted. “It’s already very loud here with 25,000 fans, but I’ve seen loads of YouTube videos of the stadium when it’s been sold out, and I can’t wait to play in front of more supporters!”
Schröder convinced Zalazar straightaway
When sporting director Rouven Schröder approached Zalazar about a possible transfer, the 22-year-old did not long hesitate before informing his agent that he had his heart set on joining the Royal Blues, Zalazar has revealed. “I’m so glad to be here with this team and its fantastic fans,” said Zalazar, who says his best is yet to come in a Schalke shirt. “I still need to improve. As an attacking player I will continue to try and score goals and get assists,” explained the Uruguayan, who would very much like to open his account for Schalke in the league during Sunday’s home game against FC Ingolstadt 04 on Sunday 3rd October (13:30 CEST) in front of the home support at the VELTINS-Arena. “It would be a dream come true,” continued Zalazar.
Rodrigo is a very young player and someone who can bring a lot to the team.
Head coach Dimitrios Grammozis is pleased to have Zalazar in his side. “He’s a great lad and he works very hard in training,” commented Grammozis, who thinks Zalazar is improving with each game. “Rodrigo is a very young player and someone who can bring a lot to the team. He’s quickly understood what’s required of his position and that he needs to perform. On the one hand, he needs to get into threatening positions in attack, but on the other hand, he also has the responsibility to track back,” added Grammozis. “He’s still got room to improve, and he needs to extract that potential.”