As the club’s official website says, the transfer will go through ‘subject to the completion of legal documentation and related matters, including personal terms and passing a medical.’
I don’t envisage any problems there as Schurrle seems to have been set on a move to Stamford Bridge for a while and has probably agreed to terms in principle and it’s unlikely he’s going to fail a medical.
The 22-year-old has scored 14 goals for Bayer Leverkusen over the season in all competitions and has seven over his 24 caps for Germany.
Schurrle mostly operates as a left-wing or left forward and has considerable pace which could be useful on the counter attack. In the cases of emergency he could operate as a third choice forward and this could be better than using someone like Demba Ba for the role as he would expect to play in that position and take time away from Romelu Lukaku, whereas the German will only be asked to play that position under an injury/suspension crisis.
I have to be honest and admit that I’m not wholly convinced by Schurrle when I’ve seen matches from the Bundesliga and German internationals. I probably do not watch him regularly enough to pass a complete judgement but I have seen him a fair bit. There’s also a fairly damning stat doing the rounds…
Andre Schürrle: Of 125 players with 10+ goals in Europe’s top 5 leagues ’12/13, Schürrle (9%) had the 2nd worst conversion rate (Payet 8.7%)
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 13, 2013
However, like anyone he’ll be given his chance and he is definitely young enough to improve. It’ll be interesting to see where he fits into the side as I doubt he’d be ahead of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard or Oscar, but perhaps the latter could be moved into the central midfield role that I think he’ll operate in best.
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