Timo Werner has become one of the most sought-after strikers in world football. Scoring consistently for Europe’s most exciting up-and-coming side – currently RB Leipzig – is a sure-fire route to a big-money transfer, so it is no surprise to see the likes of Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester United linked with him. Werner is well into his fourth high-scoring season at Leipzig, with 2019/20 his most productive yet: across Europe’s top five leagues, only Lazio’s Ciro Immobile and Bundesliga legend Robert Lewandowski have scored more than Werner’s 21 league goals so far.
Beyond the goals, Werner’s all-round game is improving, too, with his manager at club level citing a change in role as key. “We’ve started him a bit deeper,” says Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann. “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.”