They say good things come to those who wait: it took FC Schalke 04 until the penultimate day of the 2016 transfer window to bring in Yevhen Konoplyanka, a winger who is the perfect choice to fill the gap on the wing after the departure of Leroy Sane.
Having swapped Sevilla FC for Schalke and La Liga for the Bundesliga, the Ukrainian will look to wreak havoc not only at the VELTINS Arena, but also at grounds across Germany over the course of this season.
Arriving in Gelsenkirchen on a season-long loan from the UEFA Europa League winners, Konoplyanka certainly possesses all the attributes required to take on the role of being the Royal Blues' tormentor-in-chief.
The Ukrainian's elusive running and powerful finishing will add a layer of sophistication and unpredictability to Markus Weinzierl's side, a fact recognised by the Schalke coach. "We're delighted to have a fast, goalscoring midfielder, who can operate on either wing," the 41-year-old said upon confirmation of Konoplyanka's move.
Schalke fans will get their first chance to see Konoplyanka in action when FC Bayern München visit the VELTINS Arena on Friday night of Matchday 2.