One of Europe’s big-money transfers this summer has seen Germany international attacker Andre Schurrle swap Wolfsburg for Borussia Dortmund in a €32 million deal.
The former Chelsea attacking midfielder’s transfer will have a considerable impact on both Bundesliga clubs as they look to achieve varying objectives in 2016-17.
Wolfsburg will have allowed Schurrle to go reluctantly but will have been buoyed in the knowledge that Julian Draxler would continue to be the club’s creative talisman.
However, since news that the former Schalke playmaker is also keen to leave Wolfsburg has emerged, the Volkswagen Arena team are facing the prospect of a much-changed forward line this season.
Schurrle only started 21 Bundesliga games last season for Wolfsburg but contributed nine goals and his versatility and running off the ball was a prominent play of the Lower Saxony based club’s attacking play.
— Marco Reus (@woodyinho) July 22, 2016
This void may well be filled by some of the club’s new recruits, such as former Dortmund star Jakub Błaszczykowski, but Schurrle’s departure robs Dieter Hecking’s team of a valuable goal threat.
Dortmund fans will be feeling good ahead of the new campaign following over €100 million worth of expenditure on new recruits.
The Signal Iduna Park outfit have lost some excellent players, including key playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but Thomas Tuchel will have no shortage of attacking weaponry in 2016-17.
Along with existing stars Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marco Reus and Shinji Kagawa, former star Mario Gotze, promising winger Ousmane Dembele and Schurrle have all been added to the squad.
Given Dortmund’ fluid attacking system, Schurrle will be a valuable asset given that he can operate in virtually all of the four attacking roles in the club’s 4-2-3-1 formation.
Wolfsburg’s loss may well be Dortmund’s gain, but the 25-year-old’s first major task will be winning a regular spot in the Ruhr Valley side’s starting XI – no mean feat given the quality of his team-mates.