This weekend, November 14–15, is the third of four international breaks planned for the 2020-21 season. So, it’s time to get to know German international and top Chelsea player, Timo Werner.
Known as one of Europe’s most prolific strikers, it’s no wonder why U.S. Chelsea fans voted him one of their favorite newcomers at the start of the 2020/21 season. Here’s the essentials you should know about Werner.
Background & Football History
- Born on March 6, 1996 in Stuttgart, Germany (Currently 24 years old)
- Growing up, Werner idolized footballer Mario Gomez and later played with him on the German national team.
- He credits his mother, Sabine Werner, and father, Günther Schuh – a former Stuttgarter Kickers player – for his work ethic and footballer genes.
- A talented player from the start, he scored 34 goals in 48 appearances for Germany across the various age groups at the youth international level.
- At 17 years old, he became the youngest player ever to play for Stuttgart’s first team. He later became the club's youngest ever goalscorer.
- Despite being a local hero, Werner wanted to think of himself as a “normal pupil” while finishing high school. So, he politely declined autograph requests from his classmates.
Records & Achievements
- On November 10, 2013, Werner set the record for being the youngest player in Bundesliga history to score two goals in one match.
- He made more than 100 appearances for Stuttgart before then were relegated. Werner then joined newly promoted club RB Leipzig in 2016.
- Werner became an established German international in 2017. In fact, he helped his country win the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, and his return of three goals earned him the tournament's Golden Boot award.
- In November 2019, he became the youngest man to play 200 times in Bundesliga, having broken similar records for 50, 100 and 150 appearances. Current Chelsea teammate, Kai Havertz broke the 50 and 100 Bundesliga appearance records shortly after Werner.
- Before leaving RB Leipzig, he scored a total of 95 goals for the club, becoming the club's record goalscorer.
Time With Chelsea
- He transferred from RB Leipzig to Chelsea in June 2020.
- “I’m incredibly happy to be joining the Blues next season! It feels like the right step for me and I am delighted to become a part of Chelsea Football Club. Really looking forward to playing for such a fantastic and historic club!” said Werner on social media after signing.
- He is currently #11 and is a forward on the first team, often playing in the left or center. Early in his career, he played as a winger, and also can be used in a deeper forward role to help build attacks.
- So far this season, he has started and appeared in eight Premier League matches, in which he scored four goals and made one assist.
Playing Style, Personal Attributes & Fun Facts
- Werner is known for his speed, movement, link-up play and finishing ability.
- Due to his acceleration and pace, his nickname is "Turbo Timo.”
- He has a strong right foot and tends to prefer it when shooting on goal.
- He’s an NBA basketball fan, and appears to favor the LA Lakers on social media.
- Although he’s usually focused on football, we’ve noticed on his Instagram that he also enjoys warm weather and golf.