Chelsea star Andre Schurrle added to London’s German contingent last summer when he made the big-money move to Stamford Bridge from Bayer Leverkusen.
The 23-year-old was hot property after a fine spell in the Bundesliga, but it was Chelsea who gambled first as they swooped in as early as June to complete the reported €21m acquisition.
Despite Chelsea being heavy-loaded with attacking players, Jose Mourinho has given the German international his fair share of game-time as his direct approach offers the Blues something different.
With the Premier League notoriously difficult for foreigners to adapt, Schurrle has arguably been the most consistent German this season, ahead of fellow London-based Germans Mesut Ozil and Lewis Holtby.
When asked the secret behind his success in settling at Chelsea, a club currently full of different nationalities but no other Germans, Schurrle revealed it was the warm welcome he received from his teammates.
“It was actually very easy but I did not expect that because you see the big players and you don’t know what to expect. It was easy because the players were all friendly and the big players like [John Terry] and [Frank Lampard], they helped me a lot.” He told Fifa.com
In 28 Premier League appearances in his debut season, Schurrle has notched seven goals, including a fabulous hat-trick against West London rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage.
With the injury to Belgian wizard Eden Hazard, Jose Mourinho may well be looking at Schurrle as the man to guide Chelsea past Atletico Madrid on Wednesday and book their place next month’s Champions League final.