Chelsea should be keeping tabs on players to replace the German winger, but who would be the best option?
André Schurrle has been inconsistent since he arrived at Chelsea in 2013, and recently the quality of his performances have declined even further.
After starting the season rotating with Willian in Jose Mourinho’s side, in recent weeks the German has been definitively reduced to second choice by his Brazilian rival.
The problem started with his defensive work and the winger’s slack tracking-back lead to the Blues conceding goals against Swansea City and then Manchester City.
Now his attacking performances have declined too: he played 90 minutes against Shrewsbury Town last week and contributed very little and Mourinho’s patience clearly ran out after another ineffective half against Maribor on Wednesday.
Schurrle was hauled off at half time, and it may be a while before we see the World Cup Winner again.
If Chelsea do look to replace the winger, these are the players they are likely to be targeting.
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5) Andre Ayew – Marseille
The Ghanaian winger is big, strong and contributes defensively – traits which Mourinho loves in attacking players.
He’s an integral part of Marcelo Bielsa’s Marseille side, who are flying in Ligue 1.
Even better, he’s out of contract in the summer. Chelsea should take a punt on Ayew for very little on January, or pick him up for free at the end of the season.