The January transfer window is upon us and some crazy bits of business are to take place shortly, most of the time, teams do not want to take a risk in the January transfer window and try to buy players to cover positions which may be problematic due to injuries or suspensions. A lot of times loan deals take place but when we talk about the top clubs and invariably one club struggles during the season, they take the plunge and sign a big named player for a lot of money.
There have been a lot of rumours doing the rounds about Marco Reus’ future, the Borussia Dortmund star has pledged never to join Bayern Munich like teammates Lewandowski and Gotze, which would only mean he would be moving out of Germany, Chelsea have moved into pole position to sign the star with news filtering in that the future of Andre Schurrle is in doubt at Stamford Bridge.
Schurrle, who joined Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen in 2013, may need to move out from his current club in search of regular football, in case Reus comes or a swap deal happens with the German club. Jose Mourinho has had a habit of making big decisions to sell star players to rival clubs and he might be just as ruthless with Schurrle in case Reus does come into the team, he has done it earlier with Juan Mata going to Manchester United and David Luiz going to PSG.
Andre Schurrle is known to play as a winger on either side of the striker but his preference is playing on the left wing and often cuts in, although he is adept at playing as a centre forward as well. Liverpool have been looking for a good striker to replace Luis Suarez and everyone knows that Mario Balotelli has not stepped up to the gamble that Brendan Rodgers had decided to take.
Schurrle is also known for his finishing and has a high work rate often tracking back and covering for the left or right back when playing on the wings. Liverpool want players who track back and defend from the front by closing down defenders. Andre Schurrle would certainly do that, he has played well for Chelsea this season having scored 6 goals this season but has come off the bench 4 times and is not a regular starter for Chelsea.
The same story is the case with Germany where he often comes on as a substitute rather than starting the important games. He would want to make a starting spot all his for both club and country but at only 24 years old he still has a couple of years for his development to take place.
The money being touted for the 24 year old is close to £25 million, there are 3 clubs so far who seem to be interested in the German winger, Liverpool, Schalke and Borussia Dortmund all want to sign the German up but money could be an issue for both Schalke and Liverpool.
Liverpool’s wingers have been average to say the least, Raheem Sterling, Lazar Markovic, Adam Lallana and Fabio Borini, all who have played in various roles have been average while Mario Balotelli has struggled, in fact the entire Liverpool team has struggled and most of Brendan Rodgers’ signings still have not hit the high notes that were expected of them.
Andre Schurrle would be a marvellous addition to any squad, his work rate and running is something which a modern footballer should be about and he is a clinical finisher to add to his repertoire, for Liverpool fans he could be considered as a better finisher when compared to the tireless running that a former Dutchman provided for the Reds, Dirk Kuyt, who didn’t score a bagful of goals for Liverpool but was loved and adored by the Liverpool fans for his energetic display and stamina, plus he would close down defences right from the front. The only downside that Schurrle might have when compared to Kuyt is that he doesn’t have a physical presence, at least not as much as the Dutchman had, however his scoring prowess and speed make up for that and for Liverpool, he could be a dream signing, while that would probably spell the end of a few players at the club, the big question is do Liverpool want to play such a big amount for a proven Premier League winger or try to sign a proper striker in the transfer window.
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