Chelsea Reportedly Sign Andre Schurrle: A Rough Guide to Bayer's German Forward

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterApril 16, 2013

According to various reports, Andre Schurrle is inching closer to a transfer to Chelsea this season.

Although unconfirmed as yet by the clubs involved, Die Welt is reporting that a five-year deal has been agreed in principle and the only obstacle that remains is the transfer fee.

Here, we give you a rough guide of what to expect from Schurrle should he finalise his move to the West London club.



Schurrle, who currently plies his trade for Bayer Leverkusen, is a 22-year-old German inside forward who is seemingly valued at around €22 million.

He played large chunks of last season on the right-hand side but has favoured the left this time around as he hones in on his true role. Coming in off the flank, Schurrle interacts well with a central striker and likes to cut inside on his right boot.

This creates bags of space for Leverkusen's left-back to storm forward on the flank, be it Hajime Hosogai or Sebastian Boenisch, and also makes room for another impressive player this season in Stefan Kiessling.

His finishing leaves a little to be desired, but he's come a long way from his first season as a Loewen—long streaks of poor performances have been eradicated and he's made himself an option to Joachim Loew on the national scene.

He should be considered, for all purposes, as an inside forward rather than a winger or a No. 10, though he has the ability to play as a No. 9 and could end up there eventually (should his shooting improve).

In 2011, Schurrle ended his final season with Mainz with a club-record 15 Bundesliga goals. Moving forward, he netted nine in his debut season at Leverkusen and has bagged 12 in the current campaign.

Shifting focus away from goals, Andre has highly impressive stamina and a formidable work rate and team ethic instilled in his game.



According to the aforementioned report, Schurrle's transfer fee has not been agreed upon.

It is already being suggested by some that a sweetener for the deal could be found in Kevin De Bruyne: The Chelsea playmaker is on loan at Werder Bremen and continues to interest Leverkusen's head honchos.

But Chelsea will be reluctant to release the Belgian and rightly so—what he needs is a loan to an English Premier League club next season so he can show the club what he has to offer.

Perhaps Marko Marin is a candidate to go the other way, as the £7 million gamble on him has, predictably, not paid off.

But the question still remains: Don't Chelsea have enough players in an advanced midfield position? Frank Lampard is leaving, there are probably better value eventual striking options and left-back deserves a glance.

Or is Schurrle being eyed as a striker?