Andre Schurrle has discussed his past as a footballer.
German international Schurrle has told the official Chelsea website that he was not always a forward, and that he received one key piece of advice early in his career.
Despite not enjoying a productive season at Stamford Bridge, Schurrle is still regarded as one of the best forward players in the world, and he played a key role in Germany winning the World Cup over the summer.
Having arrived in West London at the start of last season, the 24-year-old has gone on to make 43 league appearances for the Blues, scoring 10 goals, although he has struggled to make an impact this term. He started the season in imperious form, but injury and fatigue caught up with him, and he has failed to scale those early heights since. The German’s place in the starting XI has now been claimed by Willian, who, although a worse footballer than Schurrle, offers a higher rate of consistency on the right of the front three.
However, if Schurrle’s career had progressed differently, he could have been lining up in a different position for the Blues - having started playing football in defence.
Speaking to the official Chelsea website, the winger said: “First I started as a defender and then pretty quickly I wanted to score goals, I was always one of the fastest so moved forward.”
Schurrle continued to address his early career, before revealing the best piece of advice he received whist growing as a young player.
He added that he was told: “You should always have fun in what you do on the pitch.”
Considering his poor run of form, it appears as if Schurrle could benefit from following this piece of advice once again, having endured a tough time when taking to the field in recent weeks.