As we all know by now, it seems that Timo Werner has decided that he’ll be playing in the Premier League next season with Chelsea. The German will apparently pen a 5-year contract after Chelsea paid his €60m release clause according to various reports in the media as of today.
That brings the question, of how the young striker will fit in at Chelsea? He’ll of course be coming into a team with Tammy Abraham up top who himself has been in good form for the blues. In order to understand this, we’ll be taking some bits and pieces from our Chelsea Analysis piece we did, focusing on Frank Lampard’s revolution.
From which we may be able to provide a strategy that Lampard may be able to use to get the most out of the German and the stars that will be around him as well.
After underperforming last season in contrast to his talent, Timo Werner is currently at his absolute best under Julian Nagelsmann with the German enjoying his most successful season to date.
Werner has played 40 Games for Leipzig in the 19/20 season, scoring 31 Goals and contributing to 12 assists in all competitions. No matter how you look at it, these are world-class numbers befitting of one of the best strikers in the world. The rate at which he’s been scoring these goals is also an eye-opener, with a goal every 103 minutes bettered only by Lewandowski scoring in a Bayern at the top of the league (of course).
But thats too basic, we decided to dive in deeper through analyzing his radar given to us by Understat below:
The radar showcases massive improvements in Werner’s game through Nagelsmann maximizing his talent by providing him the tools to succeed.
- He’s improved in contributing to Leipzig’s buildup play.
- He’s making more key passes
- He’s involved in most of the shots that Leipzig create for themselves
- Werner shoots a lot with almost 4 shots a game at the very least
- He’s contributing to 0.79 goals per 90 which are second in Europe only to Lewandowski
Whichever way you look at it, Nagelsmann has managed to turn Werner into a goal-scoring machine, who has exponentially improved in buildup play and contributing to creating chances not just for himself, but for his teammates as well.
But how does this play into Chelsea? We’ll take a look
How does he fit Lampard’s Chelsea
One of Werner’s more obvious strengths is his electrifying pace and he has used that pace to devastating effect on the breakaways. Due to this, Nagelsmann has asked Werner to make his runs from out to in. So although Werner starts in front, he drifts out wide to provide his team with an outlet to find. Quite similar to how Klopp uses Salah.
Here Sabitzer does well to pressure the midfielder to send Werner through with two to beat, and using his pace and unpredictable dribbling he absolutely skins the last man and goes on to score.
This would be welcomed for Lampard, as his current Chelsea side lacks runners other than Abraham to cause the opposition any trouble unless they are pressed into mistakes. Having someone like Werner makes the opposition worry as he would always be willing to make those dangerous diagonal runs, allowing Chelsea space in midfield and the final third to control games better.
Two Birds, One Stone.
Werner is also very adaptable. He’s comfortable playing multiple roles in multiple systems that make him so valuable to Leipzig over the years. This has been demonstrated by his formidable partnership with Denmark forward Yussuf Poulsen.
The duo has been able to develop a great understanding through the years of playing together, and Chelsea fans can take solace in the fact that there’s a really big chance that, with time, he would be able to form the same understanding with Tammy Abraham. Here’s an example:
The ball is played into Poulsen, where he uses his strength to hold the ball up with Timo Werner gambling on a possible layoff the Denmark international can produce, which he does, allowing the German to lash it into the bottom corner on the first try.
This provides Lampard with the opportunity to partner him up with Tammy Abraham or use him out wide according to his tactical setups in games, providing the opposition with different threat types to deal with throughout a game.
We’ve observed that Werner is more comfortable playing on the left-hand side as that allows him to get onto his stronger right foot, with the possibility of Hakim Ziyech being on the opposite wing and Tammy Abraham leading the line, that is a delicious proposition for Chelsea provided Lampard gets his tactical set up right.
One problem a trident like that may face is being too narrow. To offset this, there could also be a possibility of introducing Ziyech in behind the two forward or allowing Werner to lead the line, especially in away games as under Lampard Chelsea seem to drop off late in games.
Timo Werner typifies the modern forward, someone who is a strong runner, quick and unpredictaible. If used right, Lampard and Chelsea have gotten their hands on a possible world class forward, and perhaps Chelsea is the club that would help him achieve the status of becoming one of the best strikers in Europe.
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Until next time!