With Chelsea getting their transfer business started early with the signings of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, and potentially Kai Havertz, speculation is running on what shirt numbers these players will wear. The question people currently have though that want to buy the 2020/2021 kit with Werner on the back is, what number will he wear? In this article, we look at three potential numbers he could wear in the upcoming season.
Number 1 – No.10
The number 10 shirt looks set on becoming vacant in the event that Willan leaves the club at the end of the season with many suitors, including Arsenal and Tottenham looking for his signature. The number 10 shirt has always been associated with attack minded play makers and clinical forwards. If Willian were to leave Chelsea, this can be an option for Werner. He would follow the likes of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Ray Wilkins in wearing the No.10 shirt at Stamford Bridge.
The club could decide to give Werner the No.10 shirt if they think that the No.10 shirt for Werner could be more marketable for the club, resulting in the club optimising their shirt sales and therefore increasing the club’s revenue. Shirt numbers have become a marketing tool for football clubs in the modern game with some players, for example, Cristiano Ronaldo, making a brand out of him wearing the No.7 shirt (CR7). However, I personally feel that he will not be walking out of the tunnel with the No.10 on his back as there is an option that would suit him much better and likely more marketable for the club.
Number 2 – No.22
The number 22 shirt is currently being worn by Christian Pulisic and after coming off a successful first season for Pulisic at the Bridge, he could be set for a change of kit number likely to wearing the No.10 shirt that I have just discussed above. Werner could be following in the footsteps of Christian Pulisic, Willian and Eidur Gudjohnsen in wearing the No.22 shirt. This could be an option for Werner if the club decide to give the No.10 and 11 shirts to Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech respectively ahead of the new season. However, I feel that the last option available is probably the most likely outcome.
Number 3 – No.11
When Timo Werner joined RB Leipzig from VFB Stuttgart in the 2016/2017 season, he was given the number 11 shirt and became a crucial player for RB Leipzig playing 127 times and scoring 78 goals. With Pedro playing his last game for Chelsea in the FA Cup final loss to Arsenal and coming off with a bad looking shoulder injury at the end of that match, the No.11 shirt is going to be without a home.
Timo Werner will be wearing the same kit number as the likes of Didier Drogba, Damien Duff and Dennis Wise in walking out onto the pitch with the No.11 shirt on his back. This is the most likely outcome as the shirt number is vacant for the 2020/2021 season and with Hakim Ziyech wearing the No.22 shirt at Ajax, he could continue wearing the No.22 shirt at the Bridge, resulting in Christian Pulisic wearing the No.10 shirt for the new campaign. Werner wearing the No.11 shirt will probably be the shirt that the player wants to wear and the club wants him to use for marketing purposes given his history with the No.11 shirt.