Timo Werner has already scored 25 goals this Bundesliga season and is hotly contested on the transfer market. Now he has probably decided for the Premier League and Chelsea. These are the reasons for the change.
When Timo Werner moved from VfB Stuttgart to RB Leipzig in 2016, the Saxons had to pay a transfer fee of 14 million euros. A sum that has paid off. Because the striker was able to convince with his performances. Since the 2016/17 season, the Knipser has scored 75 goals in 122 games in the Bundesliga alone and presented 31 more directly. There are also numerous goals in the DFB Cup and in European competitions.
Statistics that have led to Werner being observed by some top clubs. Chelsea FC apparently got the contract. The media from England and Germany report this unanimously. Negotiations with Leipzig were not necessary. The “blues” used an exit clause in the striker’s contract. According to the reports, this was between 50 and 60 million euros. More information about the upcoming change can be found here.
Julian Nagelsmann (l.): The way the RB coach plays is ideal for Werner. (Source: Poolfoto / imago images)
Werner already spoke of the Premier League two years ago
Werner had already flirted with a transfer to England. At the beginning of May Werner said the “Bild”: “If a change should become an issue at some point, I would rather take the step abroad than a change to FC Bayern.” In fact, he spoke about the Premier League two years ago in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine. There he said: “Yes, playing in the Premier League is a dream of mine”, and further specified: “Two or three clubs are possible for me. Manchester United and Liverpool are the teams that I have followed the most. “
Liverpool and coach Jürgen Klopp also vied for the 24-year-old striker, there is even said to have been a phone call between Werner and Klopp. But Chelsea, possibly the ominous third club, and coach Frank Lampard won the race.
What Chelsea has ahead of the “Reds”
In Liverpool Timo Werner would have been part of the best team in the English league at the moment, but the competition in the storm there is great. Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané are on the “Reds” offensive. Werner would be a top-class addition with his speed game. But the team from Anfield Road is already top-class. Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Takumi Minamino are also waiting on the bench for their probation chances.
It is different with the “blues”. Olivier Giroud is likely to leave the club in the summer. Young Tammy Abraham still lacks consistency. Werner would probably be the number one striker here. Alternatively, in Frank Lampard’s 4-3-3 system, he could switch to the wings and feed Abraham with flanks. The Englishman is 1.91 meters tall and the ideal target for high balls.
Frank Lampard (r.): The coach of the “Blues” with player Tammy Abraham. (Source: Sportimage / imago images)
Lampard relies on speed football
In addition, Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard relies on speed football and deep sprints to the top. Exactly what Werner already knows from Leipzig. There he currently has colleagues with Patrik Schick and Yussuf Poulsen who complement him perfectly on the offensive. Poulsen (1.93 meters) and Schick (1.87 meters) can take the targeted flanks and win duels in the air, while the 1.81 meter tall Werner is quick and strong.
Werner was particularly brilliant this season. This is also due to coach Julian Nagelsmann and his style. Yussuf Poulsen said recently to the “Sportbuzzer”: “We now have a lot more possession phases. He attaches great importance to the development game, how we can build the game from behind, how we can lure the opponent forward with possession.” A system that Werner likes. A blessing for Lampard, who also relies on possession of the ball. Because with Werner he gets a striker who can significantly shape Chelsea’s game.