Timo Werner agreed his move from RB Leipzig to Chelsea in June 2020, joining up with his new team-mates for the 2020/21 season and arriving with a reputation as one of Europe’s most prolific strikers.
Aged 24 years old when he signed, he had previously enjoyed the most successful years of his career playing as a central striker with Leipzig, using his pace to run in behind defences and craft out chances, as well as being adept at playing with his back to goal. However, he also frequently played as a winger earlier in his career and for the German national team, in addition to being used in a deeper forward role dropping into midfield to help build attacks in his final months before coming to west London.
That last season in the Bundesliga was the most prolific of his career, scoring 34 goals in 45 games in all competitions, as well as recording 13 assists. That was his fourth campaign in Leipzig, consistently reaching around 20 goals per season, although he was unable to win silverware before coming to England.
He does have a winner’s medal at international level, though, having played alongside Toni Rudiger in the Germany team which won the 2017 Confederations Cup. Werner received the Golden Boot award for the tournament's top scorer.
Werner and Rudiger had also been team-mates at the former’s home-town team Stuttgart, where both players started their professional careers. Werner became the club's youngest-ever player and scorer, the first of many Stuttgart and Bundesliga records he set for his feats at a young age.
He became a key player in their side while a teenager before leaving for newly promoted Leipzig following Stuttgart’s relegation from the Bundesliga. He immediately became crucial to his new team too, during their rapid rise to become one of Germany and Europe’s top sides.
His performances for Leipzig during that time led to him becoming a regular in the German national side, following up that Confederations Cup victory by travelling to Russia as part of his country’s 2018 World Cup squad.
- 29 APPEARANCES
- 2133 MINUTES PLAYED
- 24 GAMES STARTED
- 5 GOALS
5 GOALS FROM INSIDE BOX 0 GOALS FROM OUTSIDE BOX 0 GOALS FROM SET PIECES
11%CONVERSION RATE 46 TOTAL SHOTS 26 SHOTS ON TARGET