Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle won a raft of new fans with game-changing performances for World Cup winners Germany in Brazil, although his west London following should already have been canvassing manager Jose Mourinho to see much more of him in 2014/15.
The wing-forward is priced up at 17/20 to bag over 10.5 Premier League goals this term, with the same odds saying he fails to hurdle that mark.
On the face of it, Schurrle’s eight goals in 30 top-flight fixtures seems modest for a player whose job it is to score, but this stat doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny.
Schurrle has made half of his Premier League appearances so far from the bench, and in the other 15 Mourinho has hauled him off all but twice, often on the hour mark or slightly earlier.
In spite of this, of Chelsea’s squad only Samuel Eto’o had a better goals per 90 minutes ratio in the top flight than Schurrle, who bagged openers in wins against Manchester City and Cardiff, grabbed all three in a 3-1 win at Fulham and turned the screw early on in the 6-0 win over Arsenal.
He fed off the same scraps at the World Cup too, having only played for around 70 minutes over three games before grabbing a vital opener in extra time against Algeria in the last 16, and had been on the pitch 11 minutes before scoring the first of two in the 7-0 rout of Brazil.
It will be interesting to see whether Mourinho can find a regular place for his newly-minted World Cup winner, because he guarantees goals.
*Stats courtesy of Squawka.com