Scout’s Corner: André Schürrle
|Born: 06 November, 1990
Height: 1.84m (6 ft 1/2in)
Worth: 14m €
Transfer Fee (possibly): 25-30m €
Current Club:Bayer Leverkusen
|It’s been a magnificent few years for Germany in terms of young talent coming through and even with the likes of Mesut Özil and Mario Götze being the outstanding new talents of the generation, André Schürrle deserves his own place in the sun. He made his Bundesliga debut as an 18 year old for Mainz and it is a testament to his impact that in his two years as a senior squad member, he played 33 matches each year out of the 34 matches that a club plays in the Bundesliga. His 66 matches played in 2 years (some were as a substitute) for Mainz are also a testament to his fitness apart from his obvious skill and suitability to the top flight of German football.
Schürrle started his youth football for Ludwigshafener SC, a club in the south-west regional leagues, and rose to prominence in the youth ranks of Mainz winning the German A Youth Championship in 2009. Schürrle represented the German teams at U19 and U21 levels in a space of a year and ironically he entered those teams when they were European U19 and European U21 champions but could not help them to subsequent glory.
His breakthrough season came in 2010-11 when he scored 15 goals and 5 assists in 33 matches for Mainz and led them to their best ever position of 5th in the club’s history. That earned him a transfer to Bayer Leverkusen for 8mn€ which was an absolute steal in the Bundesliga transfer market of this season. His season so far for the Werkself has not produced a goal (till writing) but a red card. One hopes the settling in would work better with time. By this time though, he had already made his senior debut, on 17th November 2010 coming on as a second half substitute in a friendly vs. Sweden. That was a momentous debut as Schürrle and Götze both came on at the same time and thus became the first two international players to play for Germany who were born in re-unified Germany. In 8 matches so far for the senior team, Schürrle has smashed in 4 goals, including a goal in 3-2 win over Brazil on 10th August 2011, which was Germany’s first victory over Brazil in over 18 years.
As a player, Schürrle is a much pacy version of Lucas Podolski in the current German setup and plays as an inverted winger on the left flank. His pace, acceleration and off-the-ball movement are something which makes him such a terror on the left flank. That he can then cut in and finish so well makes him an asset for Joachim Löw. He still has to work on his delivery of final balls in the attacking third but his most vital asset is his work rate and stamina which allows him to be more than useful in other tactical roles as the manager desires.