Chelsea Transfer News: Grading Jose Mourinho's Acquisition of Andre Schurrle
Jose Mourinho wasted little time making his presence known in his return to Chelsea as manager; the Blues have brought German international Andre Schurrle into the fold.
Mourinho was brought back as manager by Chelsea on June 3 after a three-year stint with Real Madrid. While fans may recall his stint with the club from 2004-2007, he'll have to prove that he has what it takes to acquire the right talents and take The Blues to the next level.
Let's take a look at his first major move since being named manager.
Schurrle has plenty of good experience for a 22-year-old. He's been on the German national team for four years now, making 24 appearances and scoring seven goals.
He also has four years of experience in Bundesliga—the last two have been at a quality club in Bayer Leverkusen. While he wasn't the star there, the club did manage to finish in third place with Schurrle playing an integral part in the starting XI.
This season, he managed be second on the team in goals with 11 and tied for the lead in assists with seven. According to Whoscored.com's match rating metric, he averaged a solid 7.62 rating.
What He Brings to the Table
In a word—versatility.
Schurrle is by no means an elite striker. His career high of 15 goals with Mainz can tell you that. However, he's still a skilled forward that can play on the wing or in the middle.
While he has shown flashes of goal-scoring ability, the Blues have to be just as excited with his skills as a passer. With plenty of questions about the front line and The Mirror reporting the likely exit of Demba Ba, Schurrle should have every opportunity to assert himself as an asset.
Schurrle has predominately played on the wing with his former club, but with time he may play a more pure striker role.
This isn't a signing that's going to set the league on fire. However, it's a strong signing for Mourinho for the price.
Chelsea is in dire need of fresh options at forward and that's exactly what they got here. Fernando Torres is 29 and coming off of a season in which he only scored eight goals in EPL play and, as previously mentioned, Ba is most likely on the way out.
Schurrle isn't likely to be a dominant scorer in his debut season, but Mourinho clearly has a player that has potential. He should be a contributing threat immediately and a potential leader once Mourinho has the extra time to groom him into the player he wants him to become.
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