After Lewis Holtby and Adam Szalia it seems like the third of the ‘Bruchweg Boys’ is falling from grace. Andre Schürrle has fallen out of favour at Chelsea and is fed up with warming the blue’s bench.
Is the world cup winner an option for an eventual Reus replacement?
Bundesliga rivals VfL Wolfsburg are keen to sign the winger, but the corporate-backed club can only offer as much as a loan deal with option to buy, in order to comply with financial fair play rulings, which leaves BVB with the opportunity to swoop in.
In the not-so-unlikely scenario of Marco Reus leaving the club – although Jürgen Klopp has “a positive feeling” that me might stay longer – BVB might look out for a high-profile signing to replace Reus.
The good connections to Mainz 05 would have led Schürrle to Dortmund in 2011. Manager Christian Heidel exclusively offered him to Dortmund, but they couldn’t afford the price tag back then, so he ended up at the other corporate backed club of the Bundesliga – Bayer Leverkusen.
Four years later Schürrle is a world champion, but he never quite made the final step to get to the very top of footballing excellence. He surely has his moments, but he too inconsistently brings his full potential onto the green, leaving him only as second choice winger in Mourinho’s star-studded squad.
Nevertheless, Schürrle could help Dortmund out on the wing*, as he fits the system. He’s pacey, has trickery and knows where the goal stands. Yet, the timing is flawed. Borussia Dortmund neither will cough up 25 million euro in January, nor do they currently have the necessity to sign another offensive midfielder. The purchase of Kevin Kampl will just do the trick. Marco Reus is still on the roaster and with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Kevin Großkreutz and Shinji Kagawa there is enough depth and quality to play a successful Rückrunde.
Andre Horst Schürrle might become a topic for Dortmund *next summer, but until then he either has to hold out on the Chelsea bench or will have set his sails for another club. It would be nice for the Bundesliga to see Schürrle return.