On June 18th, Chelsea FC announced the signing of 24-year old German striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig. Werner signed a contract for five years with a transfer fee of around £48million. Werner is considered to be one of the most sought after strikers in the world. He is coming off a 2019-20 season where he scored 32 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions.
Due to the fact that the English Premier League and the Bundesliga seasons are still going on, Werner will not be joining Chelsea until July. In a video with a message for the Chelsea fans, Werner said,
“I am delighted to be signing for Chelsea, it is a very proud moment for me to be joining this great club. I of course want to thank RB Leipzig, the club and the fans, for four fantastic years. You will forever be in my heart. I look forward to next season with my new team-mates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us.”
Chelsea’s Director of Football, Marina Granovskaia, had this to say about the signing of Werner, “We are very excited that Timo Werner has chosen to join Chelsea. He is a player who was coveted all over Europe and it is no surprise, he has that rare mix of being young and exciting and yet established and proven. We can’t wait to have Timo on board, but until then we wish him and RB Leipzig all the best for the rest of this season.”
What’s fascinating about Granovskaia’s statement is she talks about how Werner chose Chelsea and about how he was coveted all over Europe as well. One of the teams that had reportedly been interested in Werner was the Premier League leaders Liverpool FC, who, with the addition of Werner, could have made their attack even more lethal.
With all of that being said, you have to think about what this means for Chelsea’s future. Chelsea is in the middle of a rebuild with new manager Frank Lampard who has made it clear that he wants to give Academy players opportunities with the first team.
This has been an issue Chelsea has dealt with for many years, as past managers have struggled to get young players significant playing time.
Now, Chelsea is considered to be a fountain of youth by featuring players like Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Billy Gilmour, and more.
This makes the signing of Werner even more compelling because Abraham, who plays the same position as Werner, has been a bright spot in his first full season scoring 13 goals in 27 games, as he has predominantly been the main striker for Chelsea.
In regard to this possible dilemma, Lampard has said, “I have spoken to Tammy before about the idea of competition and I don’t feel the need to have to address every player if a player comes in who might contest their position at a club like Chelsea, because that is what it is all about. It has been about that in its most successful years.”
It’s evident that Lampard will have his hands full having to balance all of his options with attacking players and midfielders to choose from. Some people may say “why don’t they just play Werner and Abraham together in a two striker formation?” And that is entirely possible and makes a lot of sense if you want to get them on the pitch at the same time.
But here’s the problem with that. If Chelsea decides to play with two strikers at once, that takes away a midfield player or a winger out of the starting 11. Chelsea has a crowded room of midfielders showcasing players like N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Mount, Gilmour, Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley, and their new signing from the Dutch club Ajax, Hakim Ziyech. Who have all shown signs of being important to the team’s success.
With so many talented players on one team in one position, time will only tell who can lock up their starting spots in the team. For Chelsea, it’s a great asset to add someone with Werner’s skillset who can be flexible and play other attacking positions if need be and can also be someone who is a reliable goal scorer.
Next season Chelsea will definitely be a team that people will be keeping their eye on with Werner coming into the fold, and other possible transfers in the future.
If Werner can provide the same kind of goal-scoring ability that he has over the past few years in the Bundesliga and Chelsea keeps developing the young players, we may see Chelsea potentially become one of the most feared clubs not just in England but in the world.
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