This season Chelsea have been back to their best under Jose Mourinho but there is still one department in which they are lacking, their strikers. Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o are quite obviously not their old world-beating selves and some may argue Demba Ba has never had the quality that Chelsea need in a title-chasing side.
There has been talk of moves for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa and Bayern’s Mario Mandzukic in the summer as well as the return of Romelu Lukaku to Stamford Bridge. But until then I think the short term solution is staring them right in the face, in the form of Andre Schürrle.
The German has struggled since his arrival with Mourinho favouring Willian on the wing, but I don’t see why they can’t feature in the same side with Schürrle up-front and the Brazilian maintaining his usual right wing position.
The 23-year-old played from time-to-time in the number nine role in his time at Bayer Leverkusen and as we saw against Fulham on Saturday he certainly possesses the attributes needed to be a viable option for the Blues up top.
At Craven Cottage he doubled his tally for the season to six goals with three brilliant finishes, slotting home with ease each time. But it is what came before that shows he could take on the role seamlessly, his movement.
Every time, he made clever runs to get into the dangerous areas, cutting through the defence at pace before latching on to the pass and heading for goal. His crucial goal against Man City earlier in the season also proved he knows how to be in the right place at the right time.
Mourinho prefers Willian on the wing for his defensive capabilities which he holds in such high regard in his style of play. Schürrle, however, does not possess such good defensive attributes and isn’t as good as the Brazilian with delivery as we saw with a few poor set pieces at the weekend.
However, he can finish better than the flailing Torres, finds space easier than the lacklustre Eto’o and is quicker than the out of favour Ba. So it looks like we've found Chelsea’s answer and with only ten games to go in the league plus an eye on Europe, Schürrle’s desire to impress could be what pushes Mourinho’s men over the finish line to glory.