Will the lack of first-team opportunities cost Schurrle a World Cup place?

Andre Schurrle, Germany National Football Team

Andre Schurrle has failed to make much of an impact since joining Chelsea and could miss out on a place in Germany’s World Cup squad as a result.

Andre Schurrle has failed to make much of an impact since joining Chelsea and could miss out on a place in Germany’s World Cup squad as a result.

Jose Mourinho made Schurrle his first signing in the summer following his return to Stamford Bridge in an £18m deal from Bayer Leverkusen, with many expecting big things from the young German attacker.

However, the 23-year-old has been unable to cement a regular place in the first-team at Chelsea this season, managing just seven starts, with his last coming on New Years Day in the 3-0 win at Southampton.

Schurrle featured in nine of Chelsea’s opening ten league games but he is struggling to get on the pitch now, due to the fine form of Eden Hazard and Willian. With the recent arrival of Mohamed Salah adding to the competition for places out wide for the Blues.

The former Leverkusen man has only played just over 80 minutes of first team football in the Premier League since the turn of the year, and has created just one chance in his last six games.

The German attacker has scored three goals, without an assist all season. Far from the form he showed in the Bundesliga last year, where he had 11 goals and 7 assists in 34 appearances.

Schurrle will be desperate to improve his form and make it into German coach Joachim Low’s squad for the World Cup in the summer, after making the European Championships in 2012.

The winger started his only two games during Germany’s World Cup qualifying campaign in the last two matches against the Republic of Ireland and Sweden in October.

Schurrle managed to impress in these games with four goals, netting a hat-trick in the 5-3 win over Sweden. He also started in Germany’s last game, a 1-0 win in a friendly against England at Wembley in November.

But with his playing time and form dropping since then, Schurrle is now looking a doubt for a place on Germany’s flight to Brazil in June.

Especially when you consider the competition for places in behind the striker and on the wings in the national side.

Thomas Muller, Marco Reus, Julian Draxler, Lukas Podolski and Sidney Sam all featured out wide for Germany during their qualifying campaign.

Andre Schurrle certainly needs to feature more for Mourinho to ensure that he makes the squad in the summer, but he will look to shine in Germany’s upcoming friendly matches before the World Cup, starting with a game against Chile on March 5.

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