Andre Schurrle: Too Much Competition For The German?

By on July 4, 2013

After sealing his move to Stamford Bridge last month, writer Rayyan Dabbous looks at how Andre Schurrle could struggle to force his way into Chelsea’s starting eleven on a regular basis.

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During the summer of 2011, Chelsea spotted a talented young footballer in the Bundesliga. He had finished a great season with Mainz: helping them to qualify for Europe with his 15 league goals. After chasing the forward’s signature for almost two years, Chelsea were finally able to acquire the German’s services last month. Andre Schurrle is now a Chelsea player, with the transfer fee reported to be in the region of £18 million.

Andre Schurrle has been playing football at his best lately. His speed and work-rate were vital to Bayer Leverkusen’s fast-paced game. Schurrle is the kind of player who can always find his way in the opponent’s box. He is a versatile offensive player, who is able to play anywhere in the attack.

Schurrle seems like an exciting prospect for the Blues. However, when his signing was announced, many people have called Schurrle’s abilities into question. Possible success at Stamford Bridge for the German has been brought into doubt due to the intense competition for places.

Chelsea have a lot of great attacking players. The likes of Eden Hazard and Juan Mata have proved to be indispensable, and both offensive players are undisputed starters in Chelsea’s squad. Aside from these two, Chelsea have Oscar, Victor Moses and Ramires who are all important members in Chelsea’s attack. Therefore, a regular place for Andre Schurrle in Chelsea’s starting XI appears unlikely. Thus, the 21 year old might be restricted to limited appearances next season. This may lead to a regression in form, since a footballer at that particular age needs sufficient playing time.

As a result, Andre Schurrle may regret rushing into this move. Unlike others, he decided to move away from Germany at a very young age. Usually, Germans tend to leave their homeland in the twilight of their careers. We’ve seen Michael Ballack who joined Chelsea at the age of 29, or Miroslav Klose who left Bayern Munich for Lazio at the age of 33. Rarely do we see such a young German prospect take the plunge and move abroad so young.

Who knows what the future holds for Andre Schurrle. He may struggle to break into the starting eleven, his form could drop and he may find himself shipped out on loan next summer: as with compatriot Marko Marin who joined Sevilla on a temporary deal this summer after struggling to make an impact last season.

Or, he may adapt to life in England well and find some early form to force his way into Jose Mourinho’s team. He certainly has the ability to do it, but will he get the opportunity? We’ll have to wait and see…

Do you think Schurrle will be a success at Chelsea? How do you see him fitting in? Get involved in the comments section.

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15 Comments

  1. 1970Blue

    July 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    With the number of games expected next season I don’t see any player playing all games. To compete with purpose in all competitions we Chelsea needs fresh legs. That is why it is better to have quality for about two teams. There are also injuries and suspensions to consider.

  2. shy

    July 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    U ar on point…dats d d main idea.we look forward to fantastic season with Jose.

  3. isimen

    July 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    am sorry for schurrie, he won’t be given any opportunities at chelsea due to the world class players playing his positions at chelsea. His careers is likely to suffer

  4. Oladimeji kazeem

    July 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Is a very energetic player…and is flair will surely help chelsea alot…..

  5. i d noble

    July 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    FORGET MEN ANDRE SCHURRLE CHANCE IS STILL IN CHELSEA,DONT FORGET LAST SEASON CHELSEA PLAY TOO MUCH MARCH WITHOUT EXTRA PLAYERS,ALL OF THEM THEY ARE TYRE.BUT THIS SEASON THERE IS NO ANYTHING LIKE THAT.BLUES FOR LIFE.

  6. Soba

    July 4, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    It all depend on no other person than himself, if he prove to be indispensable then why will he have to sit on bench. Mourinho is only wanting two strong teams who can do real job so that the rested players when called upon for the next game will be as good. Come on Schurrle, your destiny is in your feet

  7. Mebor

    July 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    He will be a success… Great talent too.

  8. Sesskid

    July 4, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Schurrel wil surely play fa cup 4 us dat s why we but him

  9. emmanuel

    July 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    He’s a good lad.He wil surely get his place in the team.Up blues,up Ilaje

  10. vic

    July 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    he is a mou type player,skil,speed,shooting and gud on d counter atack bsides bringing depth and versatility to d team. A weapon like andre is sure 2 get real game time,cnt wait 4 d new season.

  11. 4lan

    July 4, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I’ll lyk 2 see chelsea in dis 4rm of XI next season…Cavani/lewandoski…Shurrle,Mata,Hazard…Lampard,Oscar…A.Cole,Azpilicueta,Luiz,Ivanovic…Cech.; Wit d lyks of Blackman,Terry,Cahil,Van-Ginkel/Essien,Ramires,Torres/De-Bryns,Lukaku/Moses sittin on d bench…Up BLUZZZZZZZ

  12. Owoyemi kolawole

    July 4, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Andre Shurrle will brake 2ru reason is dat he’s strong & fast playa also with skill so dont say what is not mind u chelsea av a lot of game @ hand like last season so no mo’ tiredness. Blues 4 life.

  13. Confido

    July 4, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Shurrl ur highly welcome to d blues family ur vry gud 4 sure. nd just d type of playr dat fits mouriho kind of game u will surly hv enough game time

  14. Oppong agyei

    July 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Schurrle will be a hit at chelsea.Blues forever

  15. PRINCE G I C

    July 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Mourinho signed him. he know what is best for him. meanwhile hard work and consistency count as well for Andre Shurlle.

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