Chelsea FC Have today confirmed the signing of Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen, ending what seemed to be a transfer that went on for months. The Blues’ official site announced the signing of the German star today.
“Chelsea Football Club and Bayer 04 Leverkusen have reached an agreement for the transfer of André Schürrle, subject to the completion of legal documentation and related matters, including personal terms and passing a medical.”
Jose Mourinho is believed to have spent between £18m and £20m to secure the services of the German international. Schurrle’s arrival will make competition for places in Chelsea’s attacking half of the pitch even more intense. The likes of Oscar, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, and even Frank Lampard provided the pack to Chelsea’s offensive punch this past season. With the German now in the mix, some think Victor Moses may struggle for playing time under Mourinho and could be the first one to be considered surplus to requirements.
Mourinho also has Belgian winger Kevin de Bruyne to consider. While many believed he would be part of Schurrle’s dealings with Leverkusen, it appears as though nothing has been agreed with regards to the Belgian’s future. The 21 year-old spent this past season on loan at German side Werder Bremen, but it looks as if Mourinho isn’t ready to part ways with the promising attacker just yet.
So what does Schurrle’s arrival mean for Chelsea’s attack? The German generally operates as a left-sided midfielder but is also comfortable playing in more advanced positions. Could Mourinho opt to use the German as a more advanced midfielder and combine his ability with Hazard, Mata, and Oscar to form an incredibly technical and mobile attack? Or do you think Chelsea still need to sign an out and out striker to replace Torres and Ba? Schurrle’s move to Chelsea could see him come up against an old friend in Lewis Holtby from their days at FSV Mainz 05.
Schurrle’s main role is an inside-forward which creates a solid base for his former team. One key asset to his game is his long-distance sprinting on the counter-attack. From a family of natural athletes – his sister is a track-and-field competitor – Schurrle’s fitness, work-rate and pace are key components to his game as a forward player. Crucially, though, he is a good finisher and capable of executing counter-attacks effectively which we have seen regularly at the BayArena this season. In his national team commitments, Schurrle was called into the 2012 European Championship squad – but utilised as a centre-forward. The options of Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose left little room to manoeuvre for Joachim Löw in his attacking department.