It dawned upon me the other day that the transfer fees for Willian and Schurrle combined is around the same price as Cavani cost. What would you prefer?
Granted, it's obviously too early to be too critical of Willian or Schurrle, but one of the questions that need to be asked are - are either of them going to be good enough to displace one of Hazard, Mata or Oscar? I would be inclined (and not only based on their performances for Chelsea so far) to say no.
That means Chelsea spent around 54 mil on players that are essentially rotational players. I know depth is very important, but in the context of having De Bruyne and Moses on the bench already (I believe both are capable of putting in some regular minutes for Chelsea), I really don't see how spending 54 mil on rotational players is a rational purchase.
The Schurrle purchase, viewed at the time it was made, was a good purchase. Around 22 mil for a promising, direct player who offers something a bit different and more goals from the midfield. It was unfortunate that we didn't go for a right winger, because so far it looks like Schurrle is not thriving there. However, the Willian purchase, especially when you are considering how stocked the attacking band, really seemed insane (no rotational player should be bought for 32 mil, and I doubt Willian, who can't even make the brazil team, can displace Oscar, who starts for them).
Viewed together as a whole, it seems very misguided. I rate Chelsea with a striker like Cavani or Falcao, which were available for around the same price, as a much better team and better chance to win the season than with Willian and Schurrle. You can't compare the importance of depth (especially when you already have DECENT if not great depth) to the importance of the first team, ESPECIALLY when you have a serious glaring problem in the position.
In terms of economics, the more you need something, the more you should be willing to pay for it. In my opinion, from a rational business perspective, Chelsea definitely had 50 mil to spend on a striker this season, because they desperately needed and upgrade there, but they definitely did not have 50 mil to spend on attacking midfielders, because the team was doing pretty well over there. In fact, after buying Schurrle, I would have been inclined to say that we have 0 left for the attacking band - with several other areas in the team needing world class players (Central defence, pivot, striker).
Let me know your thoughts.