Andre Schurrle’s name has been heavily linked with Atletico Madrid this past week. The recent World Cup winner has been subject of transfer to the La Liga champions as they look to build on their success from last season.
The likelihood of this, coming to fruition, however looks rather bleak with it being only recently that the German expressed his desire to stay at Stamford Bridge. In an interview with the Sun the 23 year old stated “I want to win titles with Chelsea and we have an opportunity this season. I need to take the experience of this summer and make the next step at Chelsea, to step up and play a big role this season with the confidence I have. Right now, I feel so confident. I’m tired but feeling better and better.”
His attitude clearly highlights why Chelsea should and looks like are keeping hold of him. The winger’s confidence is sky high following his World Cup triumph were he came out with numerous plaudits and acclaim. He ended the tournament with a highly commendable 3 goals and 3 assists without starting a single game. His impact was clear; he changed the game when he came on in the last 16 against Algeria. The tight game immediately became stretched following his arrival which led to him scoring an audacious back heel before setting up Mesut Ozil for the winner. In the semi-final his ruthlessness was assuredly illustrated as he put the sword to Brazil scoring twice in emphatic style. His crowning moment however came in the final were he gave the assist for Mario Gotze’s late winner. The build-up beautifully showcased his directness, endurance and fearlessness as he decided to take on Zabaleta in the 113th minute. His performances at the World Cup have now put him in strong contention to nail down a spot in Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven for the upcoming season.
Chelsea selling Schurrle makes little to no sense at all and would be an absurd decision. The ex Bayern Bayer Leverkusen man offers something different to the rest of Chelsea’s attacking midfielders. He is the most direct and thrives on exploiting and driving in to space. This is something Chelsea missed at times last season as the wide men often always looked to come inside. Another valuable asset Schurrle possess is versatility, he can play anywhere along the three behind the striker and even as false 9 as we saw Mourinho employ on occasions last season.
Along with this Schurrle has brought in to Mourinho’s team ethos and acknowledges his role. “I realise there are times when I can be offensive but others when I must be more compact and work for the team, because that is what matters. You’ve got to have both elements in your game.”
Last season Jose Mourinho stated that Schurrle’s in a learning process in the Premier League. And told the Geman to adapt to the demands of the Premier League and that’s what he did. Here’s Schurrle speaking out what Mourinho told him towards the end of last season: “He told me I needed to change, to change my game and my body. And that’s what I’ve done over the last two months. I’ve really worked very hard to be aggressive, to be in a good shape with my body. Now I’m ready to play more often. So I did a lot in the gym. But I wanted to do this, I needed to do this. The manager told me it as well. I wanted to change and I think I have.”
On top of this In 15 Premier League starts last season Schurrle managed to get 8 goals and ended the season as Chelsea’s 5th highest goal scorer including big goals against Man City & PSG. Last season proved to be bedding in process for Schurrle. He himself knew that, when on the bench he never complained knowing his time will come. This season is shaping up to be a breakthrough season for Schurrle as he looks to stamp his mark on the team and quite frankly it would be an illogical move from Chelsea to sell him.