Andre Schurrle and Marco Van Ginkel: Who will have the bigger impact at Chelsea?
Chelsea FC have had a decently busy transfer window till date, which is pretty much expected for a club with the stature and financial prowess that the Blues boast of. If previously the policy of the club seemed to be buying already world class or great players to strengthen the squad, this policy seems to have changed, probably for the better, in the past few years.
Their new policy seems to be buying young, potentially great players and letting them develop in one of the best academies in England, rather than buy them when they are already world class and would probably need a hefty sum of money to be roped in.
Chelsea’s first signing this transfer window, Schurrle is an interesting player. He is capable of playing as a wide attacker and up front, while also being able to fill the No. 10 role in a pinch. Having already been capped for the German national side 24 times, the 22 year old is already well acquainted with performing at the highest possible level every match.
With his primary position on the left being occupied by Belgian wonderkid Eden Hazard, Schurrle might have to slot in to the right side of the attack. His blistering pace and well above average technical ability have already made him a popular name in Germany, and this is what could prove most useful to Chelsea.
Being able to back up as a striker in times of need also means that it can free up a slot on the bench for another player, and with the amount of attacking talent that Chelsea possess in their team right now, that could be a valuable asset.
Schurrle also has a very decent work rate in defense, and can put in a shift as and when the fullbacks need cover. This is also a vital quality that none of Chelsea’s other pure attackers possess, with the exception of Victor Moses.
Having said, that the most important reason he could be a potential first team player is because of his ability to play multiple roles. As has been abundantly clear, Jose Mourinho has always utilized multi-role players in his team. The example of Frank Lampard, from his previous Chelsea tenure, and Wesley Sneijder, from Inter, come to mind.
Jose loves players who can perform more than one role in a team at one time, and Schurrle’s ability to finish and create attacks with equal ease will certainly help. He will be competing for a first team berth with the likes of Oscar and Kevin De Bryune; which will probably mean he will be a squad player (albeit an important one), but he certainly has the skill set and ability to be a super-sub of sorts – Mourinho’s go-to guy when another attacker is having an off day or injury.