Jose Mourinho’s first recruit on his return back at the Bridge, was from German outfit Bayer Leverkusen. André Schürrle arrived at Chelsea for a fee in the region of £18million and was understood to have had the long standing interest of the West London side.
Schürrle was no stranger to the Special One, having admitted that he got to know him at Michael Ballack’s testimonial, where they conversed. Mourinho offered him recommendation on where to reside and also clarified what he expected of him.
Moreover, Schürrle spoke in high regard of the Portuguese, saying he was respectable person with a great personality and a prestigious manager. Therefore it was an absolute honour for him to now be one of his players.
At the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he was introduced as a substitute in the team’s opening group game; a 4–0 win against Portugal.
In the 2–1 triumph over Algeria in the last 16, Schürrle came on for Mario Götze as a half-time substitute and broke the deadlock in the second minute of extra time.
Then, Schürrle scored Germany’s final two goals after replacing Miroslav Klose as a 58th-minute substitute, in a 7–1 semi-final victory over Brazil.
Schürrle again came on as a substitute in the final against Argentina, replacing the injured Christoph Kramer in the first half. During extra-time, he provided the cross for Mario Götze’s winning goal against Argentina.
These aforementioned facts may cause monotony, but bear with me here. The point I’m trying to portray, is that the 23 year-old epitomizes a crucial role as the difference maker. Cliché or not, he personifies an impact sub.
Considering he never started once during Germany’s winning campaign, is testament to his productivity and contribution in front of goal, even when given limited minutes. Thus, he is worthy of recognition as one of their key players, as he always impressed when given the opportunity.
Now just imagine if he got regular action at Chelsea, week in week out.
Additionally, in his debut campaign at the Blues, he was restricted to a minimal 15 starts in 43 appearances and was regularly presented as the man to influence proceedings, whenever he made appearances off the bench, which was on frequent occasions, as the above-mentioned depicted for Germany.
Nonetheless, he performed admirably, putting in spirited determined displays along the way, which showed his fantastic attitude.
Mourinho and Loew both wanted him to effectively see the game through, or even finish it off.
I consider the left wing to be is his natural position, because he can cut infield and score goals with his preferred stronger foot.
Nevertheless, I am confident in his ability to play wherever offensively. However, he is unlikely to feature repeatedly in his favoured spot, unless Eden Hazard is injured.
Therefore, I believe Schürrle will make the right wing position his own this season.
Mourinho loves Schürrle and knows the significance of the 23-year-old’s versatility in all four fronts. In addition, his success in the global showpiece will have reinforced Mourinho’s resolve to keep him; in the wake of Atlético Madrid’s interest in acquiring his services to the Vicente Calderon Stadium.
In my opinion, Schürrle’s advantage is his long-distance sprinting in transition, akin to a marathon runner approaching the home straight.
Personally, he has exceptional fitness levels, outstanding work-ethic and remarkable pace as well.
Also a brilliant finisher, he’s capable of executing counter-attacks efficiently.
These traits and attributes represent a Mourinho type of player and Schürrle comprises what is obligatory to thrive in the boss’ system.
Don’t get me wrong, Brazilians Willian and Oscar, not to mention former Basel boy Mohamed Salah are all viable options at right attacking midfield, but they’ll be futile in their efforts to oust their German team-mate from the starting line-up.
The acquisition of Cesc Fàbregas has added that much-needed ingenuity Chelsea had been deficient of at central midfield and coupled finally with securing the signature of a competent striker in Diego Costa and an attack-minded left back Filipe Luis,Schürrle should have all the support beside him to excel.
Finally, he’ll no longer be familiar with the bench. Instead, as the season draws nearer, it will be no surprise to see Schürrle’s name on the team sheet when Chelsea travel to Lancashire, and face Burnley on August 18.
By Okari – (@VanChosenJuan)
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