Andre Schurrle: German Expert On Chelsea's Next Superstar

While Oscar, Hazard and Mata have been impressing this season, Chelsea are still showing an interest in Schurrle. However, if the Blues want to secure Premier League once more, securing the German could well be essential.
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While Oscar, Hazard and Mata have been impressing this season, Chelsea are still showing an interest in Schurrle. However, if the Blues want to secure Premier League once more, securing the German could well be essential.

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It is seldom that Chelsea supremo Roman Abramovich fails to secure the signature of a player that he likes the look of. It has surprised no one, then, that he has switched his focus back to summer target Andre Schurrle to add some firepower to his frontline. The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a move to the Bridge before the current season kicked off, but after he was persuaded to stay on at Bayer Leverkusen, the Blues splashed out on Eden Hazard and Oscar instead.

So why is the affluent Russian so desperate to wrap a Chelsea shirt round Schurrle?

Not many expected Leverkusen to have such a successful campaign this time out, but they have been nothing short of exceptional in periods. Although Stefan Kiessling has bagged a lorry-load of goals and hogged the limelight, Andre Schurrle has been a huge part of that.

The former Mainz man is often deployed on the left, cutting in from the touchline to take advantage of his explosive, and favoured, right foot. Schurrle has a breathtaking amount of power when he shoots and his accuracy isn't bad either. From his 76 shots in the Bundesliga this season, 58% of them have hit the target. He has scored nine times in his 28 league appearances this season, but also two goals in this year's Europa League and one in the DFK-Pokal.

Compare his shooting accuracy to those at Chelsea right now, and you get a better idea of what he's about. Eden Hazard betters it by just 1 % (59%), it matches Juan Mata's (58%), it beats Oscar's by quite a margin (42%), and Victor Moses is miles behind on a measly 24%.

Another massive positive point about Schurrle is his willingness to track back and help out with the defensive side of things. He has completed 79% of his attempted tackles, and won a fair chunk of his areal duels despite only just touching 6ft.

He does have a bigger physical presence than the Chelsea players that I have mentioned, but he eclipses all of their defensive actions and the success in doing so.

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If the deal does take place before the new season rolls around then it is likely that Chelsea's young Belgian Kevin de Bruyne could very well be going the other way. The attacking midfielder is on a season long loan at Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen at current and is doing an emphatic job on building his reputation as an up-and-coming star.

Chelsea signed de Bruyne from Genk last January on a five-and-a-half-year deal, a deal that would see him end the season with the Belgian club. When de Bruyne finally did arrive at the Bridge he was instantaneously sent to Germany to get some more first team action under his belt.

The 21-year-old has been a shining light in Bremen's underwhelming season. In his 28 appearances for Die Werderaner, de Bruyne has scored six goals and claimed eight assists, while creating an additional 54 chances for his teammates - more than any other of his Bremen colleagues, and also more than Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar.

Chelsea's preferred approach to games this season has been a cultured 4-2-3-1 formation with either Fernando Torres or Demba Ba occupying the lone striker role. However, it is the three attacking midfield roles that have deterred the Londoners' season from completely falling apart.

The Blues have been brutally scrutinised this season, mainly due to the managerial decisions at the club, but the goals from the midfield have given them a strong chance of claiming third place ahead of London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal. Chelsea's top three scorers all hail from the middle of the pitch - Frank Lampard (12), Juan Mata (10), and Eden Hazard (8), while Ramires (4), Victor Moses (1) and Oscar (1) have all chipped in.

As well as Schurrle's goals, he would also add to the masses of international experience that is on show in west London. He has represented Germany at both U19 and U21 level, and has 22 senior caps for Die Mannschaft. In those 22, he has scored seven goals.

The deal being touted by the various media outlets across Europe is that Chelsea will stump up a reasonable €26m plus de Bruyne to capture the services of Andre Schurrle. First thing is first though, Mr Abramovich. A manager and a bit of stability is surely the number one priority for the club as soon as the Premier League season comes to an end.

Yeah, right.