London-based club Chelsea FC announced on Thursday that they have finalised a deal and reached a personal agreement with German international, Timo Werner. This deal will see the 24-year-old forward move to the English Premier League in the 2020-21 season, after playing out the remainder of the ongoing season at Bundesliga outfit, RB Leipzig.
Timo Werner had a EUR 60 million release clause in his contract which was triggered by Chelsea in order to seal the move. This 2019-20 season has been the most fruitful one for Werner, as he has found the back of the net 32 times and has 13 assists to go with it in 43 appearances. He has emerged as one of Europe’s brightest young talents and this move will allow him to ply his trade in the Premier League, which is considered by many as the most competitive league in Europe.
Timo Werner made his debut in the Bundesliga with VfB Stuttgart in 2013 and became the youngest player ever to represent the club. He later went on to become the club’s youngest ever goalscorer as well. He went on to play for Stuttgart a further 100 times before sealing a move to RB Leipzig in 2016. Gradually, he also became the youngest player in Bundesliga history to register 50, 100, 150 and 200 appearances, though Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz has beaten him to the first two records off late.
Timo Werner went on to represent Germany in 2017 where he emerged as the ‘Golden Boot’ winner in the FIFA Confederations Cup before going on to win the trophy with his team. In just 29 appearances for Germany, he has managed a return of 11 goals and has emerged as a first-choice pick for the national team.
Timo Werner’s playing style isn’t that of a regular striker. His game is built on being rapid, beating defenders with his sheer pace and his dribbling skills. He tends to drift across the frontline on the wings to make space for other attacking players to excel as well. He’s pretty unselfish in the final third and is always looking for other players in better positions to score the goals. His impressive assists tally reflects his unselfish playing style. He’s no slouch on the finishing front either. His goals this season have reflected that.
England’s soon-to-be champions, Liverpool were the front-runners for getting Timo Werner’s signature but because of the current state of finances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Merseyside club felt the release clause was too high for them to be met. Thus, Chelsea moved swiftly on this move and triggered the release clause and got the deal done. Hence, what was Liverpool’s loss became Chelsea’s gain.
Timo Werner is expected to fit beautifully in the Frank Lampard philosophy of football and all the signs seem to suggest that he’ll be a big hit at the London club. He’ll provide the much-needed depth to Chelsea’s squad and can be deployed as a sole striker or on the left-wing. With Hakim Ziyech also due to join Chelsea from next season, this addition will surely make them title contenders again.
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