The Blues have had good experiences with signing players who have played in the Bundesliga. Should they continue this strategy this summer?
Both players know each other from the Bundesliga where Schurrle had played for Mainz and Leverkusen and Ba for Hoffenheim. Do Chelsea’s signings from the Bundesliga normally work out that well?
Schurrle and Ba were top players for the average Bundesliga clubs Mainz and Hoffenheim and showed some leadership qualities there. However, they both needed another club to reveal their real potential before being signed by Chelsea. In Schurrle’s case that was Leverkusen and for Ba, West Ham and then Newcastle. Without their convincing performances for these clubs, Chelsea would have never signed them.
One big advantage for both players could be that Mourinho gets along very well with former Bundesliga players, as the examples of Ozil and Khedira during his time at Real Madrid showed. Both of them spoke always with the highest respect of their coach and were regular starters under him.
Schurrle and especially Ba haven't always been in favour with Mourinho, and last night they were substitutes. Meanwhile Schurrle seems to have convinced Mourinho with his performances to bring him in the starting line-up, whereas Ba is still striker number three behind Eto’o and Torres.
Despite that both of them accepted these decisions and didn’t start to complain in public about their situations.
It might be one of the reasons why Mourinho likes footballers who have played in the Bundesliga. In Germany it is highly unprofessional as a player to complain or criticise your coach in public. When you have a look at all the former Bundesliga players in the Premier League then it becomes obvious that they are all quite disciplined and seem to accept their coaches’ decisions without any complaints. The best example for that is Lewis Holtby, who wasn’t happy at all with his situation as a substitute at Tottenham, but then went to Fulham on loan instead of making a big fuss at Tottenham.
Former Bundesliga players at Chelsea also have had this attitude and are happy when they can contribute to the team’s success. May be Chelsea should intensify their efforts to sign another star from Germany's top flight for their vacant striking position. Mario Mandzukic from Bayern is a prime candidate.
Still, not every Bundesliga player is successful when moving to the Stamford Bridge. Marko Marin took the same direction two years ago when he went from Bremen to Chelsea. He has never managed a breakthrough there and is now playing on loan in Sevilla. However, he also never complained in public about his situation - given his performances when he did have a chance, perhaps he had little to complain about.