It’s not a major problem for Chelsea but it’s something that Jose Mourinho will definitely have to keep one eye on as Schurrle gets into his Chelsea career and becomes more subjected to the pressure of English football.
One of the leading stories in German tabloid Bild relates to Schurrle already missing former club Bayer Leverkusen where he enjoyed a close relationship with the supporters and still has plenty of friends in the area.
The worry for Mourinho will be the problem getting out of control, especially if Schurrle doesn’t play well through his first few games at the club.
The club paid a very big fee of £18 million to sign him after a long and drawn out process so they will be expecting a return for that cash, as will the fans who may need further convincing as he only scored 18 goals in 65 appearances for his former side.
If sections of supporters start to get on his case or he draws some negative attention from the British press, it’s just going to increase his feelings of homesickness because he’ll seek those levels of comfort.
It doesn’t look as though it’s going to be a Jesus Navas type problem, because Navas is someone who brushed off chances to join several top chances for years before eventually going to Manchester City.
London also offers plenty of access routes for him to be able to get back to Germany on the occasions where he does have time off so from the support side of things, it should be easier for Chelsea to keep him happy.
The boss will also be able to sympathise with him from his time working as a translator and Mourinho worked with German players at Real Madrid; Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira so that side of things isn’t a problem.
He should just adjust naturally because it’s obvious that a 22-year-old is going to miss home when he’s spent his entire career growing up in Germany to suddenly be taken away from everything he knows.
This problem can be nipped in the bud very quickly and easily, significantly before Schurrle has played a competitive game for the Blues.
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