Andre Schurrle arrives to Stamford Bridge with soaring expectations. The forward agreed to join Chelsea on a five-year deal after a successful stint with Bayer Leverkusen and now must prove he was worth the investment.
If nothing else, the 22-year-old German international seems genuinely excited about the Premier League opportunity. He posted a picture of himself on Twitter after making the signing official on Tuesday, but it won't be long before the pressure level begins to elevate.
One thing stood out during his introductory interview with the club's official site. When asked about expectations for next season, Schurrle talked about the club first instead of any individual benchmarks he hopes to hit.
For this club, winning titles is always the main objective. We have a great young team with so much quality. We are capable of doing well in the Premier League, Champions League and the cup competitions as well, and I hope to play a big part.
That's a good sign for Chelsea. Schurrle's exact role within the squad will take some time to develop as returning manager Jose Mourinho begins to assess the current roster and continues to evaluate other options on the transfer market.
Based on his comments, the talented forward is more concerned about helping the Blues challenge Manchester United or making another Champions League run than his numbers at season's end.
It makes his playing style. Although Schurrle is at his best when operating on the left side, he's shown the ability to make an impact playing anywhere along the attacking line.
He could also shift into the midfield if necessary, but that's not a major concern for Chelsea right now. The Blues have Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar, a terrific trio capable of controlling the middle of the pitch for years to come.
Regardless, Schurrle possesses the skill set necessary to make an impact no matter how Mourinho decides to use him throughout the campaign. That versatility is what makes him such a safe signing, as opposed to a player who must be locked into a specific role.
With Schurrle a well-rounded player who's flashed good pace, creativity and a terrific work rate, there's little doubt the best is yet to come. When you consider he's coming off a season in which he tallied 13 goals and eight assists in Bundesliga and Europa League play, Chelsea should be excited about his future.
He should be able to make an impact next season, although the manner in which he does may change throughout the campaign. That said, within a couple seasons he should reach his peak—and that's when the deal should really pay off for the Blues.
Chelsea are desperate for more consistent options up front after the continued inconsistency of Fernando Torres, which leaves the door open for Schurrle should Mourinho decide to switch things up.
All told, Schurrle seems prepared to help the club win in any way possible. Those are the type of players every club needs to compete for trophies—and he should turn out to be a sound investment for Chelsea.