Opinion: Why is Timo Werner, the striker, Chelsea should look at?
After their stalemate against Southampton on Wednesday, Chelsea supporters have become more frustrated with Alvaro Morata’s lack of goals since joining the club in the summer of 2017 from Real Madrid C.F for a whopping £60 million.
Everybody expected the striker to prove his worth and bang in goals for the club. But, the Spaniard has been finding it tough to settle in the Premier League with a series of inconsistent performances since the start of last season.
With reports suggesting that Chelsea is looking at Gonzalo Higuaín and Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson to bring goals to their side, here is a look at someone who is being neglected to replace Morata at Chelsea.
RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner is someone who has been scoring goals consistently over the past few years. He is currently behind Paco Alcacer (12) and Luka Jovic (12) in the list of Bundesliga top scorers this season with 11 goals. Werner is a quite energetic player on the field, hungry to get involved in the game. Over the years, he has developed a lot and is now considered as one of Europe’s biggest talents.
Two years ago, he surprised everyone with his goal-scoring ability netting 21 in 31 Bundesliga appearances and eventually helping his side to a second place finish in its maiden Bundesliga season.
Werner has netted 11 goals and assisted two in this current Bundesliga season, contributing to over 42% of Leipzig’s goals in the Bundesliga this season. Being just 22, he has the potential to reach great heights in European football, and Chelsea might be the perfect step for his career if ever a deal takes place between the two clubs.
Chelsea has been dealing with goal scoring crisis upfront with Morata (5 goals) and Giroud (1 goal ) not performing up to their high standards this season in the Premier League. They need a striker who can consistently score 25 to 30 goals a season and Werner might be the perfect striker for them. He is someone who can appreciate the ‘Sarri-ball’ and fit well into it. He is a top striker who works hard on and off the ball. He averages 1.8 blocks per game through his high pressing style of play.
Werner might benefit himself by being a part of the Sarri revolution playing alongside his youngsters like Christian Pulisic who recently joined the club. With Hazard unlikely to sign a new deal now, Chelsea should look to bring someone like Timo Werner who will be available on a cheap this coming summer.
A fee of around €65 million will be enough to get Werner whose contract runs out in 2020. With Chelsea adapting itself to the 'Sarri-ball', Werner ticks all the boxes for the perfect striker Chelsea need.