Rating Chelsea's summer transfers - Schurrle and Eto'o improving after slow starts

Samuel Eto'o

Chelsea made eight signings over the summer as Jose Mourinho returned for his second spell in charge of the club.

Chelsea were one of the most active clubs in the transfer market last summer, making several key signings as Jose Mourinho looked to bolster the talent and quality within his squad.

The Portuguese coach commissioned several deals, which have given him plenty of options in his first team, with the midfield in particular not exactly short in terms of quality options.

Eight players arrived, here are our ratings for the more high profile transfers; Andre Schurrle, Samuel Eto’o, Willian, Marco van Ginkel and Christian Atsu.

Andre Schurrle – B+

Schurrle arrived from Bayer Leverkusen in a deal worth around the £18 million mark.

He struggled to get into the side initially but showed what he could do when he was named as the sole forward against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

His versatility means he can lead the attack but also play down either flank as a winger, his more natural position.

He’s made 13 appearances for the club so far this season and will be looking to improve on one goal and one assist.

Samuel Eto’o - B

Eto’o was picked up as part of the fire sale from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.

Chelsea needed some attacking support and they got it in the form of a very experienced forward who has played for the likes of Barcelona and Inter Milan.

Eto’o took his time to get going but he’s recently started producing some good form and the sort of numbers that Mourinho would have been hoping for.

Eto’o has made 12 appearances in all competitions for the Blues scoring four goals and producing five assists so far.

He’s leading the attack at a crucial stage of the season and is at his best in that number nine role.

Willian – B-

The saga surrounding Willian’s arrival at Chelsea was fascinating to watch.

At one point he was talking to both Tottenham and Liverpool before agreeing to join Spurs and then switching with a transfer to Stamford Bridge.

He’s struggled a little bit on the left hand side but has improved as he’s been given more Premier League games.

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He’s made ten appearances across the Premier League, Champions League and League Cup with a single goal and three assists.

He provides vital width in a squad of midfielders at the Blues where the strength is through the middle of the team.

Marco van Ginkel – C

Van Ginkel’s rating is no fault of his own because he picked up that horrendous injury at Swindon Town and could well have featured in more matches.

He made four appearances for the side before that problem, is yet to score his first goal for the club and is yet to register an assist.

He looked like an extremely talented player when he did feature for the Blues, adding the sort of calm and organisation in the middle of the team you see from Frank Lampard.

Christian Atsu – C+

Atsu was a late arrival from Portuguese side FC Porto, he signed a five-year deal and was immediately sent out on loan to Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem.

He’s a left sided winger and has a single goal and assist from his league performances for Vitesse so far this season.

He starred in the win against FC Utrecht last weekend, which saw Vitesse go top of the Eredivisie and it’ll be fascinating to see how he fits in when he goes back to Stamford Bridge.

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