Whilst Schalke 04 have undoubtedly improved since their dreadful start (spoiler: they couldn't have got any worse....!) there are still a couple of question marks hanging over the team, not least the lack of goals from the strikers. Despite a number of talented young strikers waiting in the wings for a chance, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Franco di Santo continue to lead the line with limited success. Whilst di Santo works hard and contributes in defence, a skill often undervalued in strikers, he rarely scores and hasn't really looked like threatening opposition goals since he arrived at the Gelsenkirchen club. For matches against the likes of Borussia Dortmund or Bayern Munich he is the perfect striker: press high, lead the defensive effort and give the centre-backs and goalkeeper no chance to build attacks from the back. In attack, however, he doesn't carry the goal threat that would be expected of a leading striker at a club playing as well as Schalke are at the moment.
Huntelaar, on the other hand, is reaching the end of a long and successful career. Unlike Raul, that other legend of the Royal Blues and Real Madrid (in that order and of equal legendary status, obviously), Huntelaar hasn't quite continued his form into the twilight years of his career and looks like he needs support at the very least if he is to contribute to the team. His finishing is still of the highest quality but he very rarely finds himself in the scoring positions these days. Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting is still waiting to really impress in the same way he did during his Mainz 05 days but patience is beginning to run out amongst fans. He is also more of a winger than an out-and-out striker, similar to new signing Breel Embolo. Whilst Embolo could be deployed as a striker or a winger, and no one is really sure where he will play yet thanks to his horrific season-ending injury, it doesn't appear that he will be the answer to Schalke's striking problems on his own.
Step forward Fabian Reese and Felix Platte. Reese made his European debut against OGC Nice in the Europa League and could find himself deployed in the league too if Markus Weinzierl decides to mix things up and give his young players a chance in the first team. Platte is currently on loan at Bundesliga rivals Darmstadt 98 but has been on the fringes at Schalke for a while now and must feel like he is due his chance. Whilst the problem may not be immediately concerning, given the incredible form of the team and the goal scoring nature of the midfielders in the squad, every team hits a bad run of form, as the first five game of the season can attest to, and Schalke need to be prepared for when that time comes again. Defensively they look much more secure and going forward they are creating more chances, but without a striker who can lead the line and score goals they will struggle when chances prove harder to come by. Reese and Platte are only young and lack experience but given more game time could grow into the long-term solutions to Schalke's impending problem.
Failing that, Anthony Modeste is in great form....