Bayer Leverkusen left forward André Schürrle is the latest costly buy that will leave Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wondering: "why didn't it work out?"
Schürrle's agent stated that the transfer deal, reportedly worth up to £20 million plus Kevin De Bruyne, could be completed by the weekend (per The Independent).
Who is Schürrle?
Schürrle made his Bundesliga debut as an 18-year-old for Mainz in a 2-2 draw vs. Leverkusen, where he started up front and went head-to-head against Sami Hyypiä.
Schürrle prospered under Thomas Tuchel's tutelage, top scoring for Mainz during the 2010-11 campaign with 15 goals and formed one third of the Bruchweg Boys (the other two being Lewis Holtby and Ádám Szalai).
André moved to Leverkusen in the same season as Bernd Leno, Ömer Toprak and Karim Bellarabi.
It was a statement of intent by director of sport Rudi Völler, who wanted young footballers with high re-sell value, and he even granted opportunities to risky prospects like Michael Ortega and Junior Fernandes.
Schürrle has since gone on to represent the German national team.
Two seasons later, he still hasn't made noticeable improvements since his Mainz days, yet Chelsea are willing to give Bayer a payday.
Arturo Vidal to Juve for €10.5m - €12m. Absolute steal.— raphael honigstein (@honigstein) July 21, 2011
Having been short-changed by Juventus in the Arturo Vidal transfer, Völler will attempt to engineer a substantially one-sided deal for Bayer—Abramovich, how do you not see the red flags?
Or, do you want to continue getting ripped off by more football savvy executives?
Daniel Sturridge Déjà Vu
Schürrle's decision-making is highly questionable, his field vision is limited and his six league assists disguise how selfish he is.
With a teammate in Stefan Kießling, whose combined Bundesliga goals and assists (28) is equal to Robert Lewandowski's, Andre has routinely missed opportunities to play in Stefan.
Schürrle has an overinflated sense of his shooting ability because with an inefficient 9.5 shots per goal, he continues to shoot on sight.
How does Kießling, Bayer's centre forward, have more assists (7) than André (6)?
Tell me why the club's two full-backs, Michal Kadlec (1.6) and Daniel Carvajal (1.3), produce more shots for their teammates than Schürrle (1.2)?
He is to Leverkusen to what Sturridge was to Chelsea—buying him cannot and should not happen.
Oscar won't get a game as the No. 10 due to Juan Mata's Gianfranco Zola-esque genius, so the former Internacional footballer will have to compete with André for one of the wide attacking midfield roles in the "3" of the 4-2-3-1.
Schürrle's propensity to be a one-man counter attack gives him the edge to start ahead of Oscar.
This means £25 million down the drain just like the £7 million spent on De Bruyne.
And, for what?
A speedy winger who in reality spends the large majority of the game centrally as a striker, but doesn't create enough shots and is an inconsistent finisher.
During a Sunderland training session, Paolo Di Canio implored the heavily left-footed James McClean to use his right foot (via the Daily Mail): "James, James. I tell you many, many times... use your right foot!"
It's the same concept with Schürrle but the opposite foot.
The reason why André's football IQ seems as low as Theo Walcott is the German being played out of position like the Englishman.
If Schürrle is given the peace of mind as the team's official No. 9, then as a Chelsea supporter you would be able to somewhat justify the club making another exorbitant buy.
Though, here are four reasons against that school of thought: Romelu Lukaku, Islam Feruz, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres.
The percentage of the transfer turning out to be a success for the Blues isn't anywhere near as high as Emerson to Roma, Arturo Vidal to Juventus and Dimitar Berbatov to Tottenham Hotspur.
|Leverkusen Alumni||Kicker Ranking Before Leaving|
|Emerson||1; higher player rating than Oliver Kahn|
|Arturo Vidal||10; third best player, according to Honigstein|
|Dimitar Berbatov||35; second most goals scored + created|
50; tied for ninth in goals scored + created