Timo Werner has developed into one of the most potent strikers in world football, and had become hugely sought-after when Chelsea won the race to sign him. Scoring consistently for Europe’s most exciting up-and-coming side – in 2019/20 that team was RB Leipzig – is a sure-fire route to a big-money transfer, so it was no surprise Chelsea agreed to pay £47.5m to take him to Stamford Bridge. Having completed a fourth high-scoring season at Leipzig, with 2019/20 his most productive yet, Werner is hot property. Across Europe’s top five leagues, only Ciro Immobile, Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo scored more than Werner’s 28 goals.
Beyond those goals, Werner’s all-round game is improving, too, with Leipzig’s head coach Julian Nagelsmann citing a change in role as key. “We’ve started him a bit deeper,” Nagelsmann said. “We don’t want him right on the last line, because he needs a bit of a head-start, a bit of tempo, in order to really show his pace on the pitch. He’s having many more touches of the ball than in previous years, and this new position has done his development good, playing in between the lines against teams who sit deep. He needs to develop that further if he wants to be one of the world’s best.”