A player on the cusp of ever-present status at both club and country status, Andre Schurrle transferred to Chelsea last summer for an £18m and, while impressing internationally - he struck a wonderful hat-trick for Germany against Sweden in a World Cup qualifier - he is yet to have as big an impact at Stamford Bridge.
With an exceptional work-rate, long-range finishing skills and a direct style of play that has proven effective at the highest levels, it stands to logic that it is only a matter of time before he breaks through into Jose Mourinho's senior selection on a regular basis akin to Willian of late.
However, as Eden Hazard and Willian have adapted to the manager's demands, can Schurrle, or will he end up another Juan Mata?
It is fair to argue that, across London, another signing from last summer has affected his new employer, Tottenham Hotspur, in a far greater manner than has Schurrle as £11m-rated Christian Eriksen - heralded by Johan Cruyff as an incarnate of Brian and Michael Laudrup - has played more minutes, completed more accurate passes, more forward passes, more dribbles, created more chances and provided more assists than the German from SW6.
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Taking into account Eriksen's reported weekly wage of £40,000 per week, the fact he's 22 weeks into his contract and that he's amassed 240 positive attacking contributions (forward pass, dribbles, chances), then, pound-for-pound, the Danish playmaker has cost Spurs £3,666 per contribution. He has also been directly responsible for a goal or an assist once every 187 minutes he has been on the field.
Having Schurrle on the books at Chelsea has proven more expensive for Roman Abramovich as the German, with a weekly salary of £80,000 per week since June (Eriksen was signed in late August) and 93 positive attacking contributions, has effectively cost the club £26,666 for every forward pass, dribble or chance he creates. He has also been directly responsible for a goal or an assist once every 215 minutes he has been on the field.
While Spurs have, pound-for-pound, the more valuable and statistically superior summer signing than Chelsea currently, it would be interesting to revisit this further into their contracts and once Jose Mourinho has been satisfied with his rebuilding project in West London as, Schurrle may end up more of a second striker than a left-sided forward or creative midfielder, like Eriksen.
And, once he gets his touch for goal, there may be no stopping him.
Who do you think is the more valuable commodity out of Eriksen and Schurrle?
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