A career of 86 goals in 373 games at club level, and 22 goals in 57 games at the national level – comes into an end today. He won an impressive record of 5 trophies. 1x FIFA World Cup, 1x English Premier League, 2x DFB-Pokal and 1x DFL Supercup. He won individual awards of 1x Match of the Day Goal of the Month, 1x Premier League Goal of the Month, and 1x BBC Goal of the Month.
During his time in professional football, he has played for seven clubs across Europe. Let’s look back into his transfer movement over the years, his impact at Chelsea and my opinion of him.
Andre Schurrle started his career in August 2009 at FSV Mainz 05 before moving to Bayer Leverkusen in 2011. His first highlight at Leverkusen was assisting the winning goal against Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena in October 2012. This goal gave Bayer Leverkusen their first victory in Munich since October 1989.
On 18 April 2013, he moved to Chelsea and spent one and half-season at the club. On February 2015, he returned to the Bundesliga by joining Wolfsburg. He spent another one and half-season there before joining Borrusia Dortmund.
While at Dortmund, he was sent on two loan spells to Fulham (2018) and Spartak Moscow (2019). Dortmund released him in May 2020. And today, 17 July 2020, he announced his retirement from professional football.
The biggest highlight of his career is assisting the winning goal in the 133rd minute for Gotze, to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Germany.
At Chelsea, he made his debut coming on as a 67th-minute substitute for Kevin De bruyne in a Premier League 2–0 win over Hull City at Stamford Bridge. He scored his first Chelsea goal in a 2–1 home victory over title rivals Man City, assisted by Fernando Torres. He scored his first Chelsea hat trick on March 1 in a 3-1 victory over Fulham.
Schrulle had several great moments in the blue shirt. Few highlights are; being awarded Goal of the Month for his perfect movement to meet Fabregas pass in the opening game of 14/15 season. He also won the man of the match award in the 6-0 win over Arsenal. On April 2014, he scored the away goal that qualified Chelsea against PSG in the UEFA Champions League.
For me, Schurrle was a quality player to have in any team. He can play both as a winger and a second striker. He truly had his limitations in Pace but he is the epitome of someone who plays football with his brain. He is a gem in counter-attacks. He is one of the best finishers we’ve ever had at Chelsea. His high work rate makes him a rare breed for every manager. He feasibly suits every system.
The fact that he’s leaving football at 29 is a shock to everyone. But you can’t say he didn’t paint his part of the football picture. A quite number of great players will do anything to have what he has. A truly short career but coloured with great moments and memorable goals. You will forever be remembered Albino!
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