The sensible thing would be to not take too much of what Jose Mourinho says at face value. When the Chelsea boss said there would be no more signings two days ago, he probably meant for the day, and not for the entire transfer period.
Even now, Didier Drogba looks set to make a return to the club to fine tune the team’s attack to something far more favourable to Mourinho.
But Chelsea’s unpredictable nature in the market could have a negative effect on Andre Schurrle, who really should have taken on more praise for his part in Mario Goetze’s World Cup-winning goal in the final against Argentina.
It wasn’t just in that game at the Maracana; used as a sub by Joachim Low throughout the tournament, the former Bayer Leverkusen forward consistently offered something fresh to Germany’s attack, with the pick of the bunch coming with his goal, Germany’s seventh, against Brazil in the semi-final.
Last summer, Chelsea made a late attempt on Liverpool and Tottenham target Willian from Shakhtar Donetsk – and that was after having signed Schurrle earlier in the window. In January, they did the same, once again stepping in to nab Mohamed Salah from under the noses of Liverpool.
Their business isn’t over. If we believe Arsene Wenger’s line of thinking, more, and sometimes better, opportunities arise later in the window. Chelsea won’t shy away if there’s a good player on the table, and certainly not if one of their domestic rivals show an interest.
But Schurrle is far more deserving of a regular starting role in the Chelsea team after the contributions he’s made for both club and country as a sub.
Willian quickly became a favourite with Mourinho last season due to his industry from the right side of attack. On the other, Eden Hazard could go from genius to disappointment in a flash. The Belgian certainly doesn’t share Willian’s willingness to work.
Schurrle, on the other hand, does play to Mourinho’s demands, working his own end of the pitch while also rounding out attacking moves with stunning finishes. That strike against Brazil was emphatic, but nothing we wouldn’t expect of someone as talented as the 23-year-old.
Last season, the German international made 15 starts in the league and came off the bench a further 15 times. At the moment, he’s little more than an impact sub. But over the past year he’s earned the right to be considered as far more, and should negate the need for another forward signing later this window.
Antoine Griezmann’s name has been linked with Chelsea, with the Real Sociedad forward sparking plenty of interest around Europe. Despite the Frenchman’s ability through the middle, Chelsea would be far better served signing a natural centre-forward.
Drogba would be a decent short-term option, obviously, while there are still many who believe Romelu Lukaku deserves a real chance at Stamford Bridge.
Away from Schurrle and the regulars in the first team, Marko Marin and Victor Moses are still on the club’s books, and Thorgan Hazard has generated plenty of excitement in his homeland, with a loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach now cemented for next season.
It isn’t just what happens this season, but further into the future as well. All of Willian, Eden and Thorgan Hazard, Schurrle, and Salah are 25 or under, and the majority are capable of playing a high volume of games throughout a season.
That game at Old Trafford aside, Schurrle has been a reliable and productive asset in the Chelsea squad. With a season of adjustment now under his belt, the German international is ready and deserving of a greater role in the Chelsea team over the coming season.