Even though it has only been 5 games into the EPL season, I am not feeling our £18million signing from Germany. Putting his misses at Goodison Park aside, Andre Schürrle still has not lived up to the hype nor his price tag. Bottom line, I am not happy with Andre Schürrle.
What do we know about Andre Schürrle:
- He's fast. He's got pace.
- He played as an inside forward/inverted winger/a wide second striker on the left for Bayer Leverkusen
- He's got a rocket of a right foot
- He works hard and tracks back
What I don't like about Andre Schürrle:
Due to his directness, Andre Schürrle is more suited to his natural role as an inside forward or a winger. However, unlike our favourite band of musketeers MAZACAR, he is not given the licence to roam hence his position is more fixed on the left of the attacking band of 3.
His position on the inner left channel only overcrowds the final third and compounds on the obvious flaw in our system: the absolute and utter lack of width. This plays right into our opponents' hands who parks the bus against us, as they are able to defend more easily just by clogging up the middle.
What I like about Andre Schürrle:
As mentioned before, he's fast, he's direct. Hence, I see Andre Schürrle as an ideal counter-attacking option, or an impact substitute to inject more pace and directness into the game.
At the very least, I would like to see Jose Mourinho use Andre Schürrle's commendable work ethic to full use. Play him against the big clubs, use him to track back and take his pace to full advantage. Basically, he would be a more talented combination of Park Ji-Sung and Antonio Valencia.
This might be too harsh on Andre Schürrle, seeing that it is only 5 games into the season. All in all, it is obvious that Andre Schürrle has the goods. I just think he needs to expand his game more and start delivering on the pitch. I would love to see Jose Mourinho use Andre Schürrle properly and to his full capacity. Or at least work on his weaker left foot and teach him to do something more than running-down-the-left-and-cutting-back-on-his-right-foot.