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Andre Schurrle: Can he lead Chelsea's attack?

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Schurrle will hope to make an impact at the Bridge next season (©GettyImages)
Schurrle will hope to make an impact at the Bridge next season (©GettyImages).

After missing out on strikers Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao, aswell as Manchester United refusing to sell Wayne Rooney, Chelsea's forward options aren't too strong.

Fernando Torres has been hit-and-miss recently and Demba Ba hasn't looked comfortable in a Blues shirt since signing from Newcastle in January. 

That leaves Romelu Lukaku, who has been prolific so far in pre-season but even he needs healthy competition to be at his best. 

So the Blues should consider putting Schurrle in that position.

Having scored 13 goals mainly from the left wing for Bayer Leverkusen last season, Chelsea decided to bring Schurrle to the team. 

But this created a dilemma for the Stamford Bridge club. They have too many midfielders in their squad. With his incredible pace and smart finish, it would be a clever idea to put him in a more central position to put more depth into the squad.

On rare occasions for Bayer Leverkusen, the German did feature up front and made a bit of an impact in that position. But with the strong form of strikers Stefan Kiebling and Eren Derdiyok, he never managed to consistently play in that position, which could be his strongest.  

With the likes of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Kevin De Bruyne and Victor Moses all competing for the same attacking midfield position, Schurrle could find first team football hard to find but playing up front, he could easily get a strong run in the team. 

His finishing is more lethal than Demba Ba and he is more consistent than Fernando Torres. This would have him as a perfect option for the blues up front as he is not a defensive minded player and his passing ability is not much compared to the other midfielders he would have to compete against.

Having already suggested he could play in many positions, maybe he would be comfortable playing in a different role for the team. It's almost certain first-team football will be the main thing on Schurrle's mind so that could be a positive if Chelsea are trying to move his position.

Still only 22, Schurrle could adapt to the position of a central-striker and become one of the best in the Premier League. But it depends on the form of the other midfielders and strikers at the club and whether manager Jose Mourinho has faith in the new £18 million man. 

 

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