Chelsea has been the busiest afore the opening of the summer transfer window. With Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech being added to the roster how and where will Frank fit them into the line-up?
After undergoing a summer transfer window with a transfer ban and a lull winter with no transfers made, Chelsea has started this summer with the best bit of business by stealing Timo Werner from under the nose of Liverpool. Apart from that, Frank Lampard also managed to sign Hakim Ziyech in January, who will be joining the Blues next season.
Though the signing of Werner from RB Leipzig is yet to be confirmed, Chelsea fans are happy with the transfer activities. Since his move from VfB Stuttgart, Timo Werner has been a mainstay for the Leipzig side. In four years, the forward has developed himself into one of the best strikers in the Bundesliga, finding his name alongside Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, and others.
Both Timo and Liverpool were interested in each other. The German international had his heart set on signing for the Merseysiders. However, the ongoing pandemic had hit the club hard and Liverpool removed themselves from the race to sign the striker. Even though it is not finished until the line is crossed, Werner can be considered as a Blue.
Timo Werner’s past
After the player moved from Stuttgart to RB Leipzig in 2016, Werner was given a central role in the number 9 position. The player had a single job to do. Werner was used to make his runs through the last line of defense, creating one-on-one situations with goalkeepers.
Though it was a successful plan in the first half of the season, it became ineffective as the season progressed. The opposition defense started playing deeper whenever they faced RB Leipzig. This way they were able to close the holes in between them and the goalkeeper, creating less space for the forward to move in behind.
Frank Lampard after adding Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz & Ben Chilwell to the Chelsea squad pic.twitter.com/vOmn9ZqJWs
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However, with the arrival of Julian Nagelsmann as Leipzig’s manager, more dimensions were added to Werner’s style of play. The player started dropping himself in between the lines, allowing the wingback to overlap. This has helped the German outfit transform their defense into attack, smoothly.