Bayer Leverkusen sensation André Schürrle has been linked with a move to Chelsea in a €15 million part-exchange deal involving young Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne.
It is no secret that Chelsea are in the hunt for a new front man, and here are five reasons why Schürrle could make an impact at Stamford Bridge.
At only 22-years-old, the Germany international should be around for another decade at the very least. The Leverkusen hit man’s market value is constantly on the rise, and securing his signature would not only ensure the Blues a reliable long-term striker, but the club could also make a significant profit if he was to move on during his peak a few seasons from now.
The former Mainz livewire is certainly a multipurpose attacking force. He has primarily played on the left side of a front three for Bayer Leverkusen this season, but the adaptable forward is also equally comfortable playing as a striker or in the hole.
The current Chelsea formation is tailor-made for the intelligent German forward, offering each of his preferred positions in the attacking midfield setup. Schürrle is also an intelligent player that would have no trouble clicking into the fluid positional rotation we see from Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard perform throughout matches.
The Blues currently lack a reliable finisher who also has the pace to rip defences apart individually. Eden Hazard is a constant counter-attacking threat, but we have seen him squander chances that an out-and-out striker might have put away. Schürrle is almost impossible to catch on the break with his blistering speed, and his statistics this term suggest he is also more than capable of capitalising on these chances too.
The mobile German has scored 11 goals in all competitions so far this campaign - an impressive total from a wide position whilst also contending with Leverkusen’s main man Stefan Kießling, who has already netted 18 Bundesliga goals this season.
The arrival of Demba Ba has done little to jolt the largely disappointing Fernando Torres into a run of form. Instead quite the opposite has occurred, and Rafael Benitez has been trapped with two strikers struggling to string together a series of good performances.
Chelsea must sign one, or even two additional strikers this summer if they want to reap the benefits of squad competition. Look at how Manchester City harboured three top-class strikers last year - Sergio Agüero scored 23, Eden Dzeko bagged 14 and Mario Balotelli netted 13 in the Citizens’ title-winning season.
The south-west London club is set to undergo wholesale changes this summer and if they opt to boost their attacking fleet, they too could form a brigade of top-class rotating forwards.
5. Share the strike-force burden
How many times have we heard that Fernando Torres is ‘back’ after scoring yet another unexpected brace against mid to low-tier opposition? I believe Torres is still more than capable of leading the Chelsea line on his day, and he deserves to stay at Stamford Bridge if he wishes to do so. However, the club has been crying out for another striker for too long.
Similar to the Spaniard, Demba Ba has also failed to make the impact many expected, and snapping up another forward or two would relieve the ever-growing pressure on both the Blues’ under-performing front men.
It has become rather tiresome to watch Rafael Benitez rotate Torres and Ba to no significant avail as they both crumble under the pressure of enduring yet another dry spell in front of goal. The signing of Schürrle would spread the burden weighing down on their shoulders and hopefully generate some more positive headlines surrounding Chelsea’s strike force.
Question: Should Chelsea splash the cash on Radamel Falcao, or snap up a cheaper option in Schürrle and use the extra funds to strengthen other areas of the squad? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!
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