Finally, the Chelsea and Andre Schurrle scenario is over and done with.
Schurrle has been on Chelsea’s shortlist for over a year now and, as the first signing for Jose Mourinho since he arrived back at Chelsea, it’s only right we take a look at the 22-year-old forward.
The Germany international was originally signed to the same Mainz side as Lewis Holtby (of White Hart Lane fame) before securing a move to Bayer Leverkusen in 2011, age 20.
The athletic winger, more comfortable on the left, possesses a wealth of pace and skill – making him a terrifying prospect for many a right-back. His ability to dribble past defenders, and finish with great capability, has led him to score roughly one goal in three appearances in the Bundesliga.
German head coach Joachim Low described the 22-year-old and “incredibly quick” and “cheeky” and chose him to be among his youth revolution at national level and, as such, put him on the plane to Euro 2012.
This signing, surely, spells the end of someone’s career at Chelsea as the current line up of attacking midfielders – including Oscar, Eden Hazard, Victor Moses, Juan Mata -┬á is over crowded.
Andre Schurrle timeline
1990:┬áBorn November 2 in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
2006:┬áAfter starting out with his hometown team, signs a deal with Mainz.
2009:┬áMakes his Bundesliga debut for Mainz in a 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen. Scores his first career goals a month later.
2010:┬áSeptember – Mainz announce┬áSchurrle┬áhas agreed a five-year deal with Leverkusen from the end of the season. Makes his Germany debut shortly afterwards.
2011:┬áSchurrle’s final Mainz season ends with him scoring 15 goals – a club record.
2012:┬áPlays for Germany at Euro 2012 but fails to score.
2013:┬áApril – Leverkusen confirm they have had contact with Chelsea about┬áSchurrle.
June 13 -┬áChelsea announced they have agreed a deal to sign┬áSchurrle.