After Miroslav Klose retired, Germany started looking for his successor, as the Elf were missing a world-class striker, especially since 2014.
However, the German future looks to be in safe hands as Timo Werner is already showing signs of a superstar striker ready to play in Europe’s top clubs. The 23-year-old pacey striker already netted 11 goals in 28 matches for his national team. This isn’t news for Werner; he is constantly tormenting the opposition defences in the Bundesliga, scoring more than a goal per match since arriving in Bundesliga with Leipzig.
Werner started breaking record early in his career; at 17 years of age
He became the youngest-ever player to appear in an official match for Stuttgart, a club where he was raised. However, he had to leave as the club was relegated to the second tier of German football.
Since joining Leipzig, it seems as if the striker just kept progressing season after season, improving various aspects of his game. Despite his success in recent years, Werner never looked as good as he does this season. Leipzig is serious in the title challenge, and Timo Werner is a big part of it, scoring six goals in nine matches.
The German’s style relies on quick breaks behind the defences, excellently reading the backline and avoiding offside traps. What separates him from the most attackers of this profile is his excellent technique, allowing him to run at the defenders with the ball, as well as a stunningly accurate right foot. Werner can also play on the wing if needed, as he displayed his ability to get past his marker quite often.
RB Leipzig found the perfect match for Werner, too
After Nagelsmann arrived this summer, he introduced 4-3-3 formation, adapted to create with a high possession volume, contrary to Ralf Ragnick’s approach which nurtured counter-attacking football.
And just when everyone thought that Werner’s numbers would go down, as he is best-suited for counter-attacks, just the opposite happened.
Nagelsmann used Werner as a creative outlet who perfectly knows when to stretch the backline with his runs, and when to receive the ball to feet. Partnership with Poulsen is doing wonders, too, as the duo is the perfect mix of strength, pace, and technique. Werner is starting to show his true colors in the Champions League, too, as he’s already scored two goals in three appearances for Leipzig.
A lot of European clubs will be in for Werner this summer, with the frontrunner being Bayern
The big issue for Leipzig is that Werner’s contract is running out this summer, meaning they could lose him for free if the German was to leave the club.
The new wave of strikers is arriving, and Werner looks to be the leader of the front, with Lautaro Martinez, Erling Haaland, Marcus Rashford, and a bunch of others, all looking for their place under the sun.
No matter where he goes, one thing is for sure –Timo Werner is the future of world football, and he’ll be a joy to watch in the years ahead of us.