There have been many exciting summer signings this transfer window for Frank Lampard’s Blues, but none other than the acquisition of Timo Werner going for £45 million pounds from German side RB Leipzig . Werner has played a key role for Leipzig under manager Julien Nagelsmann netting an impressive 28 goals and 8 assists in 33 appearances in the German Bundesliga, and also 4 goals and 2 assists in 7 appearances in the UEFA Champions League.
However, this article will look at how Werner will play a part in Frank’s plans for the upcoming 2020/21 season.
There has been a lot of hype around the signature of Timo Werner, and rightly so with 24-year-old arguably one of the most prolific strikers in Europe right now. Lampard would be pleased with the contributions of Tammy Abraham last season with the young England International establishing himself as Chelsea’s highest goalscorer scoring 18 goals in all competitions. However, the project goal is clear for Lampard and Roman Abramovich and that is to turn this Chelsea team into a title-winning side, and Werner was a signing of intent.
The attributes which have drawn Chelsea to signing the German talisman include; blistering pace, intelligent movement and a deadly finishing product. The signing of Werner could halt the progress of 22-year-old youngster Tammy Abraham, and Frenchmen Olivier Giroud who was crucial since the Premier League restart in ensuring Chelsea secure top four.
The thinking behind this signing however will be that to compete with the likes of Man City and Liverpool, Lampard would need to recruit the worlds best players. How different things would be if Werner joined Liverpool who were a hair’s breadth away from signing the German star.
In terms of formations and how Werner will fit in, the German international played in a 3-5-2 or a 4-2-2-2 formation at RB Leipzig, which most likely not be the case whilst at Chelsea as it would limit the likes of both Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount. A potential formation could well be a 3-4-1-2 which means Werner could play alongside another strike partner which is either Abraham or Giroud. This also gives Hakim Ziyech a free-reign creative role behind both strikers to provide that crucial service. Another option could be a 4-2-3-1 which means Werner would play as sole striker with a creative number 10 player providing the service behind.
Whatever formation Lampard will choose to go with, there is no denying the potential Werner could reach at Chelsea, an already-proven goalscorer in elite competitions, it is now up to Chelsea boss Frank Lampard to get the most out of the German talent.
Whilst some playing time may be affected with players such as Abraham, I think Lampard is looking for that right mix of nurturing young talent and adding in experienced players who know what it takes. Werner is that experienced player who will no doubt want to leave his mark at Chelsea this season.