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Will Andre Schurrle be the next Chelsea reject to come back to haunt them?

The German has signed for Fulham after nearly four years away from the Premier League

Last season, poor old Chelsea fans had to sit and watch as two former flames completely owned the Premier League.

Mohamed Salah, who joined Liverpool from Roma last summer – having previously spent a disjointed two-year spell with the Blues – had the season of his life, finishing up with the Player of the Year award and the Golden Boot for his incredible 32-goal haul.

He did alright, didn’t he?

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He did alright, didn’t he?

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And then there was Kevin De Bruyne, who became the centre-piece of Man City’s record-breaking title-win, notching 16 assists on his way to securing inaugural Premier League Playmaker of the Season award.

Like Salah, De Bruyne was on the books at Chelsea for an on-and-off spell before leaving for Germany in 2014 and signing for City a year later.

KDB was Man City’s assist king

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KDB was Man City’s assist king

So what are the chances of another former favourite making a return to the Premier League and showing the Blues what they’re missing?

Step forward Andre Schurrle, who’s back in England after three and a half years away.

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New home

The World Cup winner was at Stamford Bridge between 2013 and 2015, but struggled to hold down a regular starting place at the club with the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian ahead of him in the pecking order.

But now he’s back in west London, joining newly-promoted Fulham on a two-year loan deal earlier in the summer.

But how good will his return be?

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Happy place

In a recent interview, Schurrle admitted going back to London was like going home.

“I know all the places here, I have friends here. I have all the stuff that I need and I’m really looking forward to the season,” he said.

Being familiar and settled at his new club will certainly help his early-season form and will allow him to concentrate on getting to grips with Fulham’s free-flowing style.

Then there’s the distinct lack of pressure at the newly-promoted club, with their season expectations reasonably small.

He said: “I’m at a club who got promoted in the last season and the expectations are not we will finish second, third, fourth or go into the Europa League.

“They just want to see that we fight for the shirt and get this club the points that we need to stay in the Premier League.”

Schurrle’s spell at Chelsea included a hat-trick against Fulham

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Schurrle’s spell at Chelsea included a hat-trick against Fulham

But there’s every chance he could stand out this season.

Much like Salah and De Bruyne before him, Schurrle’s natural talent coupled with his experience in the Premier League could prove vital to Fulham’s first year back in the big time.

It certainly helps that the German knows what it’s like to win the Premier League title, and is a proven goalscorer at this level – netting 11 times in his previous 40 Premier League appearances – including a hat-trick against none other than Fulham.

His spell at Dortmund was largely forgettable

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His spell at Dortmund was largely forgettable

He was also fairly prolific for Wolfsburg before joining Dortmund, netting 12 times in his final year at the club.

In fact, it’s only his two-year stint at BVB that lets his record down, but you have to remember that he spent the majority of his time at the club competing with the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Marco Reus for places on the wing.

He famously set-up Mario Gotze’s World Cup winner in 2014

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He famously set-up Mario Gotze’s World Cup winner in 2014

Schurrle’s openly admitted that he made a mistake by leaving Chelsea when he did.

A chance of redemption at Fulham could be enough to show them what they’re missing.

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