Many Blues fans would have breathed a sigh of relief once Chelsea finally secured their long-term target, Andre Schűrrle.

The German winger, who can also operate as a No. 9 was acquired for a fee of £18m from Bundesliga outfit, Bayer Leverkusen. 

Often when the west London club were left without Belgian winger, Eden Hazard, the side lacked it's usual rhythm and pace on the counter attack. However, the club have now moved to capture another player to add depth in the style they wish to play.

Schűrrle possesses pace in abundance, but also has an eye for goal from range, coupled with his excellent work rate and willingness to defend; it makes him a perfect option for Jose Mourinho to have.

However, the 22-year-old may well become much more than an option for the new boss. In the 2012/13 season, the Stamford Bridge faithful became used to seeing the exhilarating combination of Eden Hazard, Oscar, and the club's player of the year, Juan Mata - however, that trio played together less and less as the season wore on; the reason being that the three playing together lacked the defensive requirements of the Premier League.

Oscar is an effective playmaker, who also has the determination and drive to get stuck into a challenge if need be; however, he is not a natural right-sided midfielder as he is more suited to playing through the middle, this causing the Brazilian to naturally drift inside, leaving his opposite number acres of space to marshal. 

Hazard's ability to cut in and shoot on his left side may well offer the opportunity for Mourinho to field Schűrrle on the left, with Spanish maestro Mata in the No. 10 role, and Belgian wizard Hazard on the right. 

With rumours coming out of Chelsea that billionaire owner, Roman Abramovich, is aiming to implement the Barcelona-esque way of playing football, some may assume the direct No. 14 will fall down the pecking order, but this may not be the case as Mourinho may well decide to play him as a striker if need be. 

Chelsea will also enjoy the bonus of keeping Kevin de Bruyne, as reports suggested he would be heading the other way on loan as part of the deal, but this concept was quickly taken out by Mourinho, who desperately fought to keep the Belgian in his squad alongside Schűrrle.


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