Chelsea have agreed to sign Andre Schurrle from Bayern Leverkusen for £18million subject to a medical and agreeing personal terms. 

The attacker is set to be Jose Mourinho's first signing in his second spell in charge at Chelsea.

However, with an abundance of attacking midfielders already at Chelsea how will Schurrle fit into the starting XI? 

Schurrle is primarily a left winger who can also play just off the frontman and as an out and out striker. However, at Chelsea the left wing spot is taken by the young exciting Belgian winger Eden Hazard. Hazard has had a relatively productive first season in England with 11 goals and nine assists in the league. The Belgian has benefitted from a consistent run in the team. Schurrle will possibly be only a squad man with Hazard at the club.

The German has been successful playing as a second striker, in behind Sebastian Kiebling at Bayern Leverkusen, but this spot is also taken at the London club. Juan Mata was Chelsea's best player by far last season. The Spaniard scored 20 goals and provided 18 assists in all competitions and has since become the player who makes the team tick by continuously dictating the tempo for his teammates. 

Chelsea have struggled to win games without him. It would be unwise and extremely surprising for Mourinho to drop Mata for Schurrle.

The 22 year old has at times played as a number 9 for Leverkusen. It is no secret that Chelsea's strikers have misfired last season. Schurrle has not been prolific in Germany with only 23 goals in 83 appearances for Leverkusen although he does have the physicality to play as a target man in the English game with a height of 6ft. 

He is also a relatively good finisher. On the other hand, Chelsea are chasing strikers such as Edinson Cavani and Robert Lewandowski to lead the line next season.

 It is possible that Jose Mourinho may change Chelsea's formation from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-3-3 that he previously deployed in his first spell at the club. In this scenario Schurrle may indeed gain a first team spot on the left of the front three, with Eden Hazard preferring to play on the right of the front three as he does for his country. Mata and Oscar will then be expected to play deeper roles. 

It remains to be seen whether Schurrle will gain enough opportunities at Chelsea to cement a first team spot even with the possible departures of Marko Marin and Victor Moses. 

With the chemistry of Oscar, Mata and Hazard behind the frontman last season Mourinho would have to be brave to disrupt the trio's development. 

The German clearly does fit Mourinho's philosophy of counter attacking football as Schurrle is a huge counter attacking threat with his pace and long distance finishing but he may not get a chance to showcase his talents with high competition for places at Chelsea.        


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