In England, Andre Schurrle is remembered for setting up Mario Goetze’s winner in the 2014 World Cup final – and being somewhat harshly sold by Chelsea in the winter of 2015.
So it’s tempting to look at reports in The Guardian that West Ham are plotting a January move for Schurrle and see a potential deal as a real coup. But those who have watched the German international winger in the last two years will tell you that he is no longer the speedy goalscoring wideman who looked such a talent during his spell at Stamford Bridge.
That move to Wolfsburg in 2015 was nothing short of a disaster and his spell at Borussia Dortmund hasn’t gone much better. Schurrle was signed in the summer of 2016 to replace the influential Henrikh Mkhitaryan but it’s fair to say he has failed spectacularly.
The club-record addition scored just twice and set up another two goals in the Bundesliga during an injury hit debut season. And the current campaign hasn’t gone much better, Schurrle starting just once in the league.
It's fair to say that £26 million transfer fee, as reported by ESPN, has backfired big time.
The Guardian reports that West Ham would look to sign Schurrle on a short-term basis, however, which could benefit all parties. Schurrle at his best would provide The Hammers with pace, unpredictability and a real goal threat in the final third.
A fine spell at the London Stadium could also help Schurrle force his way back into Joachim Low’s plans ahead of the World Cup.
But any deal should be greeted with a great deal of scepticism.