Liverpool legend Michael Owen has praised Timo Werner ahead of his proposed move to Chelsea during the summer transfer window. The Germany international has been in stupendous form for RB Leipzig this term and he has bagged of 31 goals and 13 assists from just 42 appearances across all competitions.
He was originally fancied to make the move to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool but the club have decided against making a bid amid the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the Blues have been offered a clear route to sign the former Stuttgart graduate and they are set to trigger the £53m release clause in his contract.
Speaking on Premier League productions, Owen said that Werner has great numbers playing in the Bundesliga and backed him to replicate the performance in the Premier League, he told: “They’re great numbers [Werner’s stats] aren’t they? And he’s not playing in a poor league. The Bundesliga is a very strong league and you would say that he can translate that. I like him a lot. I’m sure Liverpool wanted him but maybe the financial implications and where we’re standing in the world at the moment put them off… but I’m pretty sure they wanted him.”
Chelsea have depended on Tammy Abraham to lead the line for most of the current campaign and he has done a credible job with 15 goals across all competitions. However, with the arrival of Werner, the England international could dropping down the pecking order and may be restricted to a bench role.
Of course, Werner is capable of slotting into a wide attacking position if required but the German has found his success at Leipzig playing as the main striker. The Blues have yet to announce the agreement to sign Werner but reports claim that it is only a matter of time with the player having already agreed to personal terms over a five-year contract.