Andre Schurrle is likely to bring 18 months at Chelsea to an end this transfer window. If not, then he’ll be leaving in the summer. Since coming to the club for £18 million last summer he hasn’t really shown any consistency and unfortunately it appears that Jose Mourinho has lost faith in the World Cup winner, having hauled him off after 45 minutes in two consecutive games.
Schurrle has only started five games in the Premier League and hasn’t completed 90 minutes once. His days are numbered and at 24 it’s a good time for him to make a move abroad. The Bundesliga is beckoning. Some might say good riddance but he has shown flashes of real quality. He’s started five games yet still scored three Premier League goals, two more than Willian. Last year he was third top goal scorer with eight goals in the Premier League. Schurrle, love him or loathe him, has quality.
In the World Cup we saw flashes of class when he was utilized off the bench. At Chelsea he hasn’t got the defensive awareness to play the right wing role in the way that Willian does, but he offers a much better threat going the other way. He can be caught making sloppy runs but at times he makes great diagonal runs into dangerous areas. This is what he wants to do. Get forward, get on the ball and get into the box. He’s a pretty good finisher for a winger.
His preferred role is more as a left forward though which is where Eden Hazard plays so he is hardly going to make in-roads there. At another club, if he is made the focal point of the attack, he can become a huge hit. Chelsea tailor the play to Hazard not Schurrle. If Schurrle was played in a lot more or allowed to slacken on his defensive duties then he could score a lot of goals. At Chelsea though Mourinho wants him to be more of a hard working winger, than a creative, goal scoring forward. This is where the problem lies. Away from the club, with a new start he’ll probably thrive, especially in a different system without Hazard. Chelsea probably won’t regret letting him go but this certainly isn’t the end of Schurrle.