Blog by: Famous CFC
Mark Schwarzer – Good
This was excellent business from Chelsea. Schwarzer is a proven goalkeeper in the Premier League, he is the perfect goalie to backup Cech because of his experience with 504 Premier League caps. What made this deal perfect for Chelsea is he was a FREE transfer, a brilliant decision to sign ahead of John Ruddy who Chelsea reportedly bid £7m for, until securing the previous Fulham number 1.
Marco van Ginkel – Good
Chelsea paid a relative small fee of £9m for this gem. Clocking up more hours than any player in Chelsea’s pre-season tour Marco van Ginkel drew comparisons to Chelsea legend Ballack. He has the ability to rob players of the ball and instantly find a key pass to unlock an attacking move. Being awarded Dutch Football Talent of the Year: 2012–13 and at the age of 20, van Ginkel appears to be one for the future. With the option of Essien, Ramires, Lampard, Mikel and Luiz to play in the defensive midfield slot means that van Ginkel will have to work extra hard to obtain a consistent first team position.
André Schürrle – Unknown
This German maestro looked slow out of the blocks in Chelsea’s pre-season, having questions raised as to whether he would live up to his £18m price tag. However his fantastic volleyed goal from just inside the box, perfectly placed into the opposite corner to wrap a 2-0 wins against AC Milan in the USA demonstrated his class. Coming on for the best part of 30minutes, against Hull, in the opening fixture it was refreshing to see Chelsea play with a classic winger which Chelsea lacked since the departure of Robben; Schürrle nearly scored a controlled chip but unfortunately it crept over. Competing with some of Chelsea’s best players for a place in the attacking 3, it’ll be interesting to see how Schürrle fares.