Ange Postecoglu finally gets his hand on a striker by signing Time Werner on a loan deal with the option to make it permanent at the end of the season
Timo Werner joins Tottenham Hotspur on Loan until the end of the season with the option to make the transfer permanent, as confirmed by Fabrizio Romano. Since Heung Min Son will be away for at least a month from Premier League action and there’s growing concern over Alejo Veliz’s knee injury which could set him out for months, hence why a striker was needed almost immediately,
Sky Sports Germany has reported that if Spurs are looking to sign him on a permanent deal at the end of the season then they will have to pay a fee of £15.5m. Spurs will also be covering his full salary until the end of the season.
Timo Werner joins Tottenham Hotspur
He was dropped from the latest squad that played a friendly due to transfer talks. Marco Rose, RB Leipzig’s manager had the following to say:
“It’s right that Timo wants to go on loan. Timo would like to go to the European Championship,” Rose told Sky Germany. “We wish him all the best and are keeping our fingers crossed for him.”
Back to the Premier League
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With the transfer now confirmed, we can safely mark the German’s homecoming to the Premier League. Looking back at his stint at Chelsea, what do we make of his time there? While it is well known that he bagged a Champions League trophy with them, his time at Stamford Bridge was a downright disappointment.
In the 56 total games he played for the Blues in the Premier League, he only netted 10 goals. With the hype and buzz around his move to Chelsea initially, you’d surely expect more. Towards the end of his time at Stamford Bridge, things got so ugly that Kai Havertz was preferred over him to carry out striker duties even when he (Timo Werner) was fully fit.
His time at Chelsea came to an end during the summer of 2022 when he moved back to his former club RB Leipzig and his only highlight at Chelsea was an unanticipated triumph in the Champions League, a victory he played no starring role in.
Did He Do Well for RB Leipzig?
Seeing his record in the Premier League, raises a question, did he really find form upon his return to the Bundesliga in 2022? The answer is, not quite.
In this season, he has only made 8 appearances in the Bundesliga, starting in only 2 of them and scoring 2 goals. It seems that the German fell out of favor owing to his rather dismaying output in the season prior.
Last season, which marked his return to Leipzig, he made 27 appearances, starting in 23 of them and scoring just 9 goals in the Bundesliga. That season he had a scoring frequency of 217 minutes and registered an average of 2.3 shots per game. Surely you’d expect more from a forward.
Are Spurs Ready?
Granted that they finally have a striker alongside Richarlison in their hands now to keep themselves safe, it makes us wonder if Tottenham are ready for fresh new challenges in the Premier League and other domestic competitions.
Despite the signing of Timo Werner, they’re still behind in their market objectives as they need a center-back with both, Christian Romero and Micky Van de Ven both sidelined due to injuries. They are still eying a move for Radu Dragusin, the Romanian Center Back who plays for Genoa. Speculation is high and so are the transfer talks between both parties but nothing big is confirmed yet.
Eric Dier is also said to be on his way out with links to Bayern Munich finding more ossification with every passing day. In Spurs’ recent game, he was dropped from the squad and Ange Postecoglu was asked if it had to do something with his rumored transfer to Bayern to which he did not respond in the affirmative, claiming that he has no clue about Bayern holding talks with Eric Dier’s party.
With this said, do you think the Spurs are ready to bounce back after falling off in the early half of the season?