How can Mourinho leave Schurrle out now?

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Andre Schurrle may have just made it impossible for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to leave him out of the side.

The German wide man and forward bagged a hat-trick in Germany’s 5-3 win against Sweden in their final World Cup qualifying match, as Germany topped their group and secured a place in next year’s World Cup.

Schurrle has been an irregular starter for Chelsea so far this season making four starts and coming off the bench three times in the Premier League, to go with a start in the Champions League.

Mourinho may still be trying to work out his best starting side at Stamford Bridge, as he looks for consistency and for his players to make his job easier with big performances.

Schurrle is yet to bag his first goal in the league or the Champions League for the Blues, which means Mourinho may have been starting to have doubts over starting him for important matches.

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However, Schurrle has played superbly through the international break and there are several ways he can be effective in Chelsea colours as the Premier League returns this weekend with a home match against Cardiff City for Mourinho’s men.

Schurrle can play down either side of the pitch, which means Mourinho doesn’t have to take Juan Mata away from the right hand side of midfield where he has been effective in recent wins for the team.

Schurrle on either side provides the luxury of natural width because playing wide in a midfield is something he’s used to.

Whether it’s Ryan Bertrand getting forward on the left this weekend or Branislav Ivanovic flying down the right, both full backs are going to need a little bit of support and Schurrle and Mata are both good enough to swap regularly.

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Schurrle will be full of confidence at the moment and keen to move in centrally to try and have a direct influence on the Chelsea attack, looking to add to his goal tally from the Germany game.

It’s important Mourinho gives him that freedom because it would be restrictive and counter productive if Schurrle was told to hog one side of the pitch and stay there, ignoring opportunities to exploit pockets of space and certain situations during the match.

Schurrle started on the left against Sweden, coming inside with disastrous consequences for the Swedish showing that he can play wide and more central attacking roles over the course of the game.

Get him in the team ahead of Eden Hazard and let him cause chaos.

What do you think? Does Schurrle deserve to start this weekend?

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