Andre Schurrle will be bouncing around Chelsea’s Cobham training ground with a spring in his step after scoring four goals in Germany’s last two World Cup 2014 qualifiers and Blues boss Jose Mourinho’s rave review of the winger’s performance against Steaua Bucharest recently suggests the Portuguese will give the 22-year-old plenty of opportunities to impress in west London.
The Portuguese could use an individual in such blistering form when Cardiff City visit Chelsea and Schurrle – who is 6/4 to score at any time against the Bluebirds – should be given the chance to build on his success with a more advanced role at Stamford Bridge.
Against Steaua, the former Mainz youth came of age in a Chelsea shirt.
Schurrle made Whoscored.com’s Champions League team of the round with a 9.2 out of 10 rating after the Blues’ win in Bucharest, with the Special One gushing after the game that the £18m summer signing was key to carrying out his intricate game-plan.
The 28-cap forward was a constant menace cutting in from the left hand side and created three chances for his teammates as well as continually dragging the Steaua players out of position, enabling the likes of Juan Mata and two-goal Ramires to exploit the inevitable gaps.
Chelsea could follow Germany’s lead by playing without a recognised centre-forward.
Joachim Low’s side scored eight goals during the international break – with Schurrle accounting for half that number – despite lining up without a striker in Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomes’ absence.
With Chelsea’s front-line trio Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba yet to score a Premier League goal between them this season, Mourinho should give up on his centre-forwards and employ Schurrle alongside free-scoring Brazilian Oscar with a remit to break into the box at every available opportunity.
Schurrle scored 14 goals last season for Bayer Leverkusen and five came in a four-game purple patch.
The 6ft forward may not have found his shooting boots in the Premier League as of yet but all known form suggests that Schurrle will follow up his World Cup hat-trick against Sweden with a first goal for Chelsea against Malky Mackay’s side.
Many of the Ludwigshafen native’s 14 Bundesliga strikes for Mainz in 2010/11 also came in bursts, with a goal in each of the first three games of the season and five in five matches shortly before the German winter break in that campaign.