We take a look at which Chelsea forward offers the most going forward, in response to Steve Holland’s praise of the German.
World Cup winner Schurrle has scored two goals in four games this season, and he was unfortunate not to add to his tally with a scintillating performance against Bolton Wanderers in the League Cup third round.
The 23-year-old German had 10 shots before half time, showing a passion and desire to win, although he failed to find the back of the net, and it was up to fellow midfielder Oscar to net the second, and winning, goal of the game with a long-range strike in the second half.
Despite failing to find the target, assistant head coach Steve Holland praised Schurrle in his post-match comments, claiming that he best represented the team:
He said: "Andre’s performance reflected the mentality of the team. He has gone from playing in a World Cup final to the third round of the Capital One Cup and he has shown ambition and drive all night. He was dangerous throughout and our most likely source and was a good example of what was best tonight.”
Schurrle sits joint second in the Blues scoring charts this season, and, whilst his performances have been good, he has been in the shadow of a number of other attacking players in the starting line-up.
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As can be seen, Cesc Fabregas has been the standout creative force for the Blues this season, although he has been playing in a deeper role than the others. Usually used as one of the ‘double pivot’, the former Arsenal man has registered an incredible six assists in five games, and has attempted an assist every 25 minutes of action. He completes fewer dribbles than his compatriots, but he can be excused because of his deeper central role allowing him to create play in a more effective manner.
The most direct comparison with Fabregas can be made with Oscar, who also plays centrally, but usually in a more attacking position. Despite this, he has yet to score in the Premier League, and has registered just one assist. He also plays less key passes and makes fewer accurate crosses than the Spaniard, although he does complete dribbles more successfully.
Belgian winger Eden Hazard is the only Blue to offer a similar creative presence as Fabregas, although he has only scored and assisted on one occasion. However, he does play a key passé every 29 minutes, and incredibly he completes a successful dribble every 14 minutes. Despite being vastly adept at beating his man, his crossing is no the same level, playing an accurate cross only every 109 minutes.
Schurrle has been incredibly ineffective as a creative force, although his goal tally does show his importance to the Blues first team. He has completed less dribbles than any other forward, and has yet to play a single key pass this season, although his crossing is slightly better. However, having scored with both of his attempts on target, he is certainly the most clinical - and he deserves to play a key role for Jose Mourinho this season.
Goalscoring has not been a problem for the Blues this season, with Diego Costa leading the Premier League scoring charts with seven in five. However, the victory over Bolton was hard fought, with finishing ability at a premium with Costa not in the squad. Schurrle represents the best alternative to Costa, and he will have to step up to the plate if, heaven forbid, Costa suffers a long-term injury.