Timo Werner had become hugely sought-after by the time Chelsea won the race to sign him in the summer of 2020. Shining 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 when Chelsea agreed to pay £47.5m to take him to Stamford Bridge. Having completed a fourth consecutive high-scoring season at Leipzig, with 2019/20 his most productive yet, Werner was hot property. Across Europe’s top five leagues, only Ciro Immobile, Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo scored more than Werner’s 28 goals.
His early days at Chelsea under Frank Lampard did not bring as much success or as many goals as the end of his time in Germany, but a change of role under new manager Thomas Tuchel has resulted in a happier and more settled-looking Werner. “Every manager is different in how he wants us to play,” said Werner. “He (Tuchel) gives us a lot of ideas. Now I play as a left number 10, not a left winger, so I have more space for my runs in the middle and can play behind a striker, or with a number 10 behind me as a second striker. It’s very good for me.”