Following the confirmation of Timo Werner’s much-anticipated transfer to Chelsea, having activated his £48 million release clause, Football Castle takes a look at how the striker fits into Frank Lampard’s team.

The striker set a number of appearances and goalscoring records for a young player in the Bundesliga and has steadily developed into one of the most prolific players in Germany. Werner plays his best football in a strike partnership or on the left-wing where he has evolved into a clinical finisher in the box.


This addition is no doubt an all-round attacking upgrade as the German International possesses lethal finishing, speed, and a creative presence with his linkup play. No player has been involved in more Bundesliga goals this season as he scored 26 times and assisted eight in 32 league games for Leipzig, averaging a goal every 106 minutes in all competitions.

Following on from the shrewd acquisition of Hakim Ziyech, Chelsea have exceptionally replaced the outgoing Willian and Pedro – and perhaps Eden Hazard by extension – with a young attacking trio that promises goals, pace and technical quality in abundance

In truth, Werner needs to improve his anticipation and awareness as he has been flagged offside 39 times in only 32 games, the most in the Bundesliga. Lampard’s coaching crew would do well to refine his blistering pace.

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His explosive style does suit Chelsea’s fast-paced game as Lampard’s side get the ball forward quickly, his speed and killer instinct would turn many chances into goals; as Jorginho, Kovačić and Hakim Ziyech, no less, would relish a pacy forward acting on their moments of quick thinking. The blues lacked the pace to get in-behind Bayern’s defence in their Champions League Round of 16 first leg as Mason Mount and Ross Barkley failed to get past the rampant Bavarians, Werner provides the ready-made qualities to hurt such opposition next season.

Timo Werner is enjoying his most prolific campaign with 32 goals and 13 assists in 43 games. (Bongarts/Getty Images)

Pertinently, his arrival adds another dynamic to Chelsea’s attack and gives the manager varied options when setting up against opposition. Chelsea have Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Werner providing different qualities to aid Lampard’s tinkering. The German, however, likes to lurk on the shoulder of the last defender and make intelligent runs across the frontline to finish off chances or provide them himself, as his impressively consistent assists record suggests.

Chelsea have suffered with finishing off chances this season; whilst they have recorded the second-most shots (16.6) per game they also have the second-most big chances missed per game (53), both behind Man City, and are fourth-highest scorers in the Premier League (20 goals less than City).

It is evident that the blues need Werner and the player needs the step up after a successful stint at RB Leipzig. The 24-year-old is used to spearheading a young team’s attacking responsibilities and although Chelsea are recruiting sensibly to their mix of youth and experience, Werner would look to adapt quickly to the step-up in quality much like he has done throughout his career. 

Werner is another smart signing by Chelsea after their transfer ban. (Bongarts/Getty Images)

Having fended off Liverpool’s interest, Chelsea have got their man and how much they needed him.


Bolu Alabi-Hundeyin

Chief Editor of the Football Castle, Bolu Alabi-Hundeyin is a football junkie and writer of the beautiful game.

2 comments on “How does Timo Werner fit into Lampard’s Chelsea?

  1. A nice read. Timo is going to execute his duties with no doubt. His signing comes at an appropriate time when Chelsea need more cups than ever before.

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