Last season, Burton manager Nigel Clough took a gamble and signed Australian Jackson Irvine from Scottish outfit Ross County.
What was once considered a gamble, has turned into a huge success, as Irvine has been remarkable since joining Burton.
The 24-year-old obtained the Brewers Player of the season award, during his first season at the club and has become a fan favourite at the Pirelli Stadium.
Leading on from this achievement, Burton have recently signed Ross County’s leading goalscorer Liam Boyce, but he may not be the only Staggies player worth targeting.
Ross County’s Alex Schalk, who is currently valued at £298k on transfermarkt, could be another risky signing that could turn into the success story of this season’s Championship.
Coming through the youth ranks at Dutch side NAC Breda, Schalk quickly earned the nickname ‘Der Bomber Van Breda’, because of his reputation as a footballer with remarkable goalscoring instincts.
Fans of the club also compared him to the legendary German striker Gerd Muller, which shows how highly rated the wonderkid was at such a young age.
In 2015, after a short dry spell in his career, the 24-year-old moved over to Scotland and has had very strong seasons for Ross County.
Highlights of his time in Scotland, include his late winner over Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup Final, which is Schalk’s one and only club honour so far.
Schalk would also easily fit into Clough’s system, as he can be utilised up front as an advanced forward where he excelled during his time in Holland, but is also spectacular out wide when supported on the wing.
Whilst there is controversy surrounding the forward due to his dive against Celtic earlier this season, if Clough can formulate Schalk as the focal point of Burton’s system, he is bound to become a huge star within England, and may just be what Clough needs to elevate Burton to the next level.
Burton fans… What do you think? Would you be happy with the signing of Schalk? Do you think the signing would be too much of a risk? Let us know in the comments below!