Ahead of the Euro 2012 finals, we take a look at what young Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schuerrle can add to Germany's attacking options as they chase their first European crown since 1996.
Name: Andre Schuerrle
Date of birth: November 6, 1990 (age 21)
Place of birth: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Height: 1.84m (6ft)
Current club: Bayer Leverkusen
Former club: FSV Mainz
The finals of a major tournament is traditionally a showcase for some of the continent's brightest talent. In Bayer Levekusem forward Andre Schuerrle, Germany appear to possess a figure who is ripe to blossom in the Ukraine and Poland.
At 21, Schuerrle looks to have the world at his feet. Having replaced Lukas Podolski on 67 minutes at a saturated Red Bull Arena in Leipzig on Thursday night, Schuerrle put together an outstanding 23-minute cameo in the 2-0 friendly win for Joachim Loew's side.
He drove the ball beyond a bamboozled visiting goalkeeper Ariel Harush from 25 yards out in the death throes of the contest to seal a 2-0 win for his side, but the rest of his play was equally as impressive as he linked well with his midfielders while almost playing provider for fellow substitute Miroslav Klose to score with a header.
Only an alert stop by Harush denied Klose a certain goal as he nudged a header over the bar. It is doubtful Schurrle will start against Portugal on June 9 in the Ukraine city of Lviv, but he looks to have put himself to the front of the queue for some action if Thomas Mueller or Mario Gomez do not cut it together.
It must be reassuring for Germany coach Low to know that he can perhaps rely on Klose and Schurrle as his 'B' partnership if life is not working out in a hectic section that also contains time-honoured foes the Netherlands and the 1992 winners Denmark.
It is perhaps of minimal surprise to hear that Chelsea are considering a £15 million bid for the player as the Champions League holders look to freshen up an ageing squad over the close season.
Schuerrle is over 6ft and is comfortable playing as a striker, a winger or in a deeper role off the forward. He looks an elegant footballer, hungry to impress with pace, technique and an eye for goal.
Leverkusen signed Schuerrle in a £6.5 million deal from Mainz after he netted 14 goals in 34 Bundesliga outings as his club finished fifth in the table two seasons ago.
He has a contract with Leverkusen until 2016, but their resolve will be tested with an offer in the region of £15 million for a figure who now has seven goals in 14 appearances for his national team. It would be worthwhile to check out the man wearing the number nine shirt for Germany this summer.
Analysis from Germany's 2-0 win over Israel in a friendly match at Leipzig's Red Bull Arena with Andre Schurrle replacing Lukas Podolski for the final 23 minutes.
65' - Andre Schuerrle replaces Lukas Podolski while Miroslav Klose takes over from Mario Gomez.
67' - Germany continue on the offensive as the cross from Schurrle flies across the face of goal, but there are no takers on hand to convert.
71' - Schuerrle knocks a shot at goal. Tried to place his shot, but goalkeeper Ariel Harush is relieved to see that deflect wide off his own man.
77' - Schuerrle's shot at goal is blocked by a blue jersey. He has enjoyed an impressive enough introduction here. Certainly looks bright for the home team since coming off the bench.
79' - GOAL! Schuerrle caps off a wonderful introduction with a stunning finish high into the net from 25 yards out. A 2-0 lead for Germany now.
84' - Schuerrle dinks the ball to the back post. Klose looked certain to score with a header, but a fine tip over the bar by Harush.
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