£18m Chelsea star - 'I need more power' as he struggles for first-team football

Andre Schurrle has played just 55 minutes of Premier League football in 2014.

Chelsea’s recent victory against Manchester City, contrary to whatever Jose Mourinho would like you to believe, was a sure sign that the club are in a title race this campaign.

Their performance was a master class from Mourinho and deserved all the plaudits it did rightfully get post-game.

However for some, there contribution to the victory was merely as a spectator.

One such player was Andre Schurrle.

The German international arrived in the summer for a fee in the region of £18 million from Bayer Leverkusen. Despite a promising start - in recent weeks he has fallen off the radar slightly. The arrival of Willian and now Mohamed Salah have seen that become even more of an issue (despite the departures of Kevin De Bruyne and Juan Mata).

Schurrle has not played 90 minutes for Chelsea since the 6th October against Norwich City - in fact he has only featured in the Premier League for just 55 minutes since the turn of the year.

In Germany, they are getting worried. Schurrle is supposed to be a shoe-in for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil - but if he isn’t playing regular first-team football the likelihood is that Jogi Low will tell him to stay at home.

Schurrle himself should be concerned - with Lukas Podolski back and firing as well as the likes of Julian Draxler trying to take his place Brazil seems a long way away.

And it is reported in Bild that he seems to know why he is struggling to impress Mourinho - he is not physically built for the Premier League just yet.

Schurrle, according to Bild, weighs just 74 kilos and he is visibly lean. The likes of Eden Hazard and Willian may not be as tall as Schurrle - but they are stockier, have a better centre of gravity and therefore do not get shrugged off the ball as easily.

Schurrle himself reportedly stated recently:

"I need more power to sometimes be battling an opponent on the outside line. There is ten to twelve teams whose players have the stature to play rugby."

image: © Jason Bagley

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