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Spotlight on…André Schürrle

In this edition of the ‘Spotlight on…’ series, Sport Report stays in Germany and assesses Mainz and Germany striker André Schürrle.

André Schürrle is one of many young German players currently making waves in the Bundesliga. The 20 year-old striker has played an integral role in his club’s run to an impressive top five finish (could be fourth or fifth depending on results this weekend) and Europa League qualification.

Schürrle became a regular for the Karnevalsverein in the 2009/10 season, making 34 appearances and scoring five goals in all competitions. It has however, been this season that the youngster has really made his mark in the first team, netting 14 times in
32 Bundesliga appearances (25 starts) and adding four assists for good measure.

André Schürrle in action for current club FSV Mainz 05 (This image is the property of Getty Images)

He has demonstrated an excellent understanding of the importance of teamwork and has taken on responsibility by assuming penalty taking duties. The understanding he has developed with fellow prospect Lewis Holtby will give
Germany justified cause for optimism and it is something which has not escaped the attention of German national coach Joachim Löw, who gave Schürrle his first cap in November last year. He has since made one further appearance and looks
odds on to join fellow youngsters Mesut Özil and Thomas Müller as a regular in the Nationalelf.

Furthermore, the 20 year-old has caught the eye of bigger Bundesliga clubs and in September last year it was announced that Mainz had agreed to sell the player to Bayer Leverkusen for a fee rumoured to be in the region of €8 million. Leverkusen
had to beat off competition from several clubs and General Manager Wolfgang Holzhauser was barely able to contain his delight upon announcing the deal: “We are delighted to have been able to sign André Schürrle, one of the biggest talents in German football, on a long-term contract.”

So, what are the Werkself getting for their money? Schürrle is undoubtedly a fantastic talent. He has a thunderous shot, as shown by the number of goals he has scored from outside the box, and is also a more-than-competent finisher inside the 18 yard box. His football brain is similar to that of Manchester United star Wayne Rooney as he takes up similarly good positions deep behind the lead striker. He is a confident young man who relishes running at defenders with the ball at his feet, probably as a result of the fact that he is blessed with the very rare talent of being able to run with the ball at lightning pace. There are weaknesses in his game. Much like Rooney, he is very one-footed and he could also improve on the aerial side of his game, but make no mistake, Leverkusen can be happy with their investment.  They will feel that they have secured a real bargain and it will be interesting to see how he adapts to life at a bigger club and how he performs in the Champions League next season.

André Schürrle

Name: André Schürrle

Place of Birth: Ludwigshafen,Germany

Nationality: German

Date of Birth: 6th November 1990

Career League Appearances: 65

Career League Goals: 19

Total Career Appearances: 67

Total Career Goals: 19

International Caps: 2

International Goals: 0

Key Attributes: powerful shot, lightning quick with the ball, excellent work ethic

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