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Given Schurrle Signing, Mourinho Has Crowded Chelsea Midfield On His Hands

andre schurrle Given Schurrle Signing, Mourinho Has Crowded Chelsea Midfield On His Hands

Jose Mourinho the self-proclaimed “Happy One” has a wealth of riches in attacking midfield for his second stint at Chelsea. That’s why today’s announcement of Andre Schurrle’s signing is odd, especially given the praise heaped on Kevin De Bruyne who is coming off an outstanding loan season with Werder Bremen.

The declaration that Frank Lampard is a likely starter means that Chelsea is going to have a lot of talent sitting on the bench and potentially being discontent. Eden Hazard is an automatic starter out wide in most people’s eyes, while Juan Mata was one of the best players in the Premier League in the recently completed season.  Oscar can always be played wide, but he tends to push into spaces in the middle of the pitch crowding space.  Manchester City experienced this issue with David Silva and Samir Nasri last term, which often meant the more tactically disciplined James Milner got the call ahead of the technically adept Nasri.

Ramires is a tactically flexible and versatile player who can be deployed in multiple positions, so he will likely find a spot in the setup somewhere if not in the midfield.

The previously dubbed “Special One” loved using pure wingers in his first stint as Chelsea manager. Damien Duff and Arjen Robben were two of the most influential and underappreciated players in Chelsea’s back-to-back title winning teams. Should Mourinho want to play the same way, Victor Moses often a forgotten man in League play last season, would then likely emerge as an important factor, further confusing the rotation of midfielders.

So with Lampard, De Bruyne, Mata, Oscar, Moses, Hazard, Ramires and now Schurrle fighting for four spots on the pitch, Mourinho is going to be pressed into making decisions unless he wants to rotate much like his predecessor Rafael Benitez did. That policy led to much criticism of the manager both at Liverpool and at Chelsea, but perhaps if anyone can sell it, the “Special One” can.

Player for player, Chelsea looks a sure bet to contend for the Premier League title in the upcoming season. But Mourinho is going to have to play master psychologist to keep his squad happy and hungry in the upcoming season.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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10 Responses to Given Schurrle Signing, Mourinho Has Crowded Chelsea Midfield On His Hands

  1. Nik Arur says:

    Not to mention Marko Marin. Mourinho’s going to have a serious problem satisfying 9 midfield players who have the quality to play large roles in the team

  2. Sean says:

    I think Marin and Romeu will rot on the bench. Mourinho prefers a 4-3-3 so you’ll see Hazard and Schurrle (until De Bruyne proves himself) flanking Cavani or Lukaku backed up by Mata with Oscar and Ramirez sitting behind. Lampard will back up either Oscar or Ramirez. What will be interesting is if Mikel will be integrated back in and which of the Brazilians will have to become a more disciplined disruptor, probably Ramirez.

  3. Jordan says:

    As a big chelsea supporter, I do not like this transfer at all. I know Schurrle is already good and most likely will get better, but there are already too many midfielders at the club, especially when DeBruyne comes back. the attacking midfield was the most consistent aspect of the team this last season. I don’t like the idea of Mata or Hazard being unhappy with their playing time…

  4. GiveMeAName says:

    Vegeta what does the scouter say about Chelsea number of midfielder?
    its OVER 9000!!!!!

  5. Chelsea26 says:

    This transfer is crazy! We already had a stupid amount of options in attacking midfield, if Marin hadn’t got injured at the start of the season he would’ve been fuming as he wouldn’t have gotten into the team. The three musketeers should not be disturbed, they play so well together. A couple of back ups is plenty. Moses and Marin. Or perhaps if we never bought Marin and especially not Schurrle. We should really be looking for a better holding midfielder, Lampard is fine but will likely need phasing out as the season goes on and Ramires is not as good as he promised to be. I would like to see Luiz alongside Lampard, and later have a new, talented holding midfielder take his place. I am, however, not the Chelsea manager so… #rantover

  6. I,m happy 4 dis transfer bt i see him as a stricker he can chalenge with lukaku and torres and ba

  7. Naga says:

    Chelsea no more in needs of attacking mid-fielder we have a dozen of talented youngsters like Hazard, mata, Oscar, Schurrle, Marin, Moses, KDB, even Ramires, and please no more loan for lukaku our new drogba..
    The area where we need to improve and conquer ENGLAND as well as EUROPE are atleast one striker, CB, DF..

  8. Soba says:

    I like the signing, no doubt we are still going to pursue many cups coming season, and in as much as we may be willing to give Hazard and Mata plenty playing time, we must not ignore the need to keep everyone fresh and you and I know Mourinho is Mr. No-nonsense, besides, some of them like De Bryne, Ramirez and Schurrle can be used in other dimentions, so it’s good but should stop at that. If City gets Cavani as it appears to be, then let get Lowandowski and one good CB plus Blackman as Peter’s back up keeper. The sky is the begining for us.

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