On 25 June, Chelsea announced that they had completed the signing of Germany international Andre Schurrle - but was it a wise purchase?
I, for one, was very excited when it was revealed Schurrle would be joining the Blues, but in hindsight it seems rather pointless.
There were many suggestions of this even before he signed, with some implying that the return of Kevin De Bruyne from his loan spell at Werder Bremen would be more than adequate.
It appears that those people may well have been correct. I watched Schurrle many times last season, De Bruyne too, and I was impressed by them both. I did, however, not take into account that De Bruyne would not be loaned out again.
With Mourinho announcing in his first press conference as Chelsea manager that the Belgian will be staying at Chelsea for the upcoming season it leaves us extremely heavy in the attacking midfield position.
This has been shown already during pre-season with the impression that De Bruyne has made, scoring in Chelsea's 4-1 demolition of the Malaysia All-Stars, and also with Oscar and Juan Mata set to return to the squad in late July.
One can only assume that neither Eden Hazard or Juan Mata will be losing their spot in the starting eleven, leaving just one spot in the attacking trio remaining with all of De Bruyne, Oscar, Schurrle and Victor Moses challenging for it.
Healthy competition for places is certainly not a bad thing within a squad, but one must question whether it is wise to spend £18m on a player who could be spending a lot of time on the substitutes' bench.
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