Last summer Marko Marin made the move from Bundesliga club Werder Bremen to Stamford Bridge only to spend most of his time watching Chelsea from the stands, but Andre Schurrle vows that he will not be a flop like his countryman.
Marin is now on loan at Sevilla as there was little to no chance he’d feature in this season’s first team setup very often. Schurrle has a much greater chance and although he has a lot of competition ahead of him, he said that he won’t suffer a similar fate as Marin.
He told Kicker magazine:
“I am Andre Schurrle and I don’t compare myself to others.
“I have my own qualities and enough confidence to say I feel strong enough to come out on top here.
“It is a great challenge but I am delighted that I took this chance.”
Due to the fee spent on brining him to West London there’s no way that he won’t be given chances by Jose Mourinho, it’s just up to him to grab them and keep himself in the side as much as he possibly can.
With Eden Hazard and Juan Mata seemingly untouchable in terms of their quality anyone on the fringes of the first XI will likely be trying to usurp young Oscar. Kevin De Bruyne had an impressive pre season (not that it means anything yet) and has been tipped for a breakthrough season whereas Victor Moses also played very well during the tour, so Schurrle won’t find it easy and my worry with the World Cup on the horizon is that he may get frustrated with rotation.
He’s a little out of favour in the international setup and isn’t as prolific as he was during his earlier appearances for Germany so had to make a move either way as he’d outgrown, perhaps stalled, at Bayer Leverkusen.
I’m not going to judge Schurrle on his pre season and he deserves a chance as any other signing, but prior to the transfer I questioned the money being spent and couldn’t see why it was necessary as Hazard pretty much has a spot on the left nailed down. It wouldn’t make sense to play Schurrle on the right as it’ll negate his strength of cutting in on his strong foot and taking his trademark pot-shots at goal.
When he is in the line-up I imagine Hazard may be played more centrally in the number 10 spot and perhaps Mata moved onto the right, in order to come in on his left foot, but these sorts of issues are for Mourinho to work out and I’ll back him to get the best from the players he has but there’s a lot of work ahead of Schurrle if he wants to be a long-term hit at Chelsea.
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