Andre Schurrle Subject Of £23m Bid From Wolfsburg


Last summer Andre Schurrle was one half of the biggest play in World Football for 2014, as he sprinted down the left wing and crossed in the assist for Mario Gotze’s World Cup final winner in extra time against Argentina. This lead to some understandable excitement as fans began to salivate at the possible lineups that included copious amounts of Eden Hazard and Oscar alongside the current world champion. Andre Schurrle, it seemed, has finally made the progression from world class talent to world class player.

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A few starts led to decent results and some substitute appearances produced the kind of magic we had hoped for. His wonderful goal against Burnley and cool finish against Manchester City were great examples of this magic. Yet, along with the magic came a shed amount of frustration as match after match left fans with plenty to be desired. Enough poor run-outs has seen Andre Schurrle lose his spot on the right wing to Willian who, just like last year, has made it his — at least for now.

Wolfsburg might be giving Andre a way out as the Bundesliga club is reportedly preparing a £23m bid for the winger’s services. It was only two years ago that Chelsea FC helped finance the Andre Schurrle deal by doing a deal with Wolfsburg for Kevin de Bryne, another midfielder who carried massive expectations during his time in west London. Schurrle has been at odds with manager Jose Mourinho ever since the latter revealed his reservations with the German’s sturdiness against the physicality of the Premier League.

As is generally the case, Jose Mourinho has a point. In 13 league appearances so far this season Schurrle has only found the back of the net twice while laying a goose egg in the assist column. His shot accuracy is below par at only 45 percent and the five total chances created is worse than some players who’ve seen the field on less occasions — Ramires for example  has 8 in just 10 appearances.

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A move back to Germany would make sense for Schurrle as he is a proven commodity in that league’s top flight. Wolfsburg are in need of goalscoring as the two players who the team, Ivica Olic and Naldo, do so with a paltry five goals apiece. Schurrle could add some much needed firepower to the Lower Saxony club and could add some star power as well as he is a hero in his home country for his part in the World Cup winning goal. The move makes sense for both parties but only if Chelsea have a replacement waiting in the wings.

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