Tuchel: We desperately needed Schurrle

Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel has hailed the signing of Andre Schurrle as the perfect replacement for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who was recently sold to Manchester United.

Mkhitaryan was a key component of BVB’s revival under Tuchel last season, scoring 11 goals and providing 15 assists in 28 league games to help them to second in the Bundesliga behind rivals Bayern.

However, the club decided to part ways with the winger after a big-money bid from the Red Devils, leaving a big gap in their attack that Tuchel feels Schurrle will fit into perfectly.

“With Mkhitaryan’s departure, we have lost a player who can play on the wings and there are not a whole lot of players like him. Schurrle is one of the them, though,” Tuchel told Bild.

“Players like them do not have an ego, but still contribute a lot of goals.

“It’s always easier when you are a defender playing behind one of them.

“That’s why we so desperately needed Schurrle, because we lost Mkhitaryan playing like this.”

The Germany international was not part of the Dortmund side that thrashed United 4-1 last Friday, while Mkhitaryan did turn out for the Premier League team, but he could be in line to make his debut in the International Champions Cup pre-season friendly match against Manchester City on Thursday.