Newcastle United are plotting a shock move for Chelsea misfit Timo Werner.
Timo Werner, 26, has endured a tough time at Chelsea since arriving in a £53m deal from RB Leipzig in 2020, managing just 23 goals in 89 games. The Germany international has struggled to cement his place in Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI during his two seasons in west London.
Despite his underwhelming time at Stamford Bridge, the Blues are unlikely to part ways with Werner this summer having allowed Romelu Lukaku to join Inter Milan on loan. He has hinted at a move away from Chelsea in order to enjoy more regular game time ahead of the World Cup in November following the arrival of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, annoying Thomas Tuchel as a result.
The cash-rich Newcastle United are reportedly ready to hand the 26-year-old a Premier League lifeline, with Eddie Howe’s side understood to be in the market for a new forward. RB Leipzig and Juventus have also been credited with an interest in the German forward.
Newcastle United must show ambition in the transfer window
Newcastle United are trying to become a footballing force following the takeover by the Saudi-led consortium last year. The new owners heavily backed Eddie Howe during the January transfer window and it paid off as the Magpies not only avoided relegation but finished a comfortable 11th on the table.
However, the club must show more ambition in the ongoing transfer window if they are to realistically challenge for a European spot this season. With the additions of Sven Botman and Nick Pope, and the permanent signing of Matt Targett from Aston Villa, Howe has strengthened his squad but he certainly needs a lot more resources to aid his exciting project at St James’ Park.
Timo Werner would be a coup for the Toon Army
Timo Werner has not had a great time at Chelsea and would be willing to leave for a side that can provide him with regular opportunities ahead of the World Cup in Qatar. Newcastle United, in that regard, could be an ideal destination for him, giving him the platform to resurrect his stuttering career.
Werner, capable of playing in many attacking positions, could fulfill Howe’s need for a goal-scoring forward. He hasn’t fit Tuchel’s system and style of play at Stamford Bridge, but could thrive under Howe at Newcastle.
The 26-year-old earned a move to Chelsea two years ago after scoring 28 goals in 34 matches for RB Leipzig, playing off a striker. He could return to his lethal best in a similar way at Newcastle by playing either off Callum Wilson or Chris Wood, while adding some much-needed pace and energy to the attack.
23 goals and 21 assists in 89 games so far for Chelsea isn’t a fair reflection of the talent the ex-Stuttgart man possesses. He is way better than that, as, for a team that has the creative talents such as Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Mason Mount, to name four on Chelsea’s books, Werner’s numbers should have been higher.
Nonetheless, Newcastle must definitely test Chelsea’s resolve for Werner with an audacious bid, and if they manage to convince them to sell him this summer, it would represent a massive coup for Howe and the Toon Army.
I am Rohan Sengupta from one of the busiest cities in India, Mumbai. A Journalism graduate with a keen interest in sports, football is something I simply cannot live without and writing, discussing and analyzing the game is what I do 24*7.