With Stuttgart having just been relegated for the first time in 41 years, young Swabian forward Timo Werner may be an ideal target for several EPL clubs this summer.
Becoming the youngest Stuttgart player to make his debut aged 17 and 164 days in August 2013, Werner, 20, has found life at Die Roten difficult at times.
He is seen as the most exciting attacking player at the club since Mario Gomez and joined the German side aged six, progressing through all the youth sides.
Having won the Fritz Walter Award as the nation’s best Under-17 three years ago, the winger scored his first Stuttgart goal against Eintracht Frankfurt in September 2013. His brace in November made Werner the youngest Bundesliga player ever to score two goals in one league match.
Germany coach Joachim Low has previously labelled the player “outstanding” with names such as “Turbo-Werner” and “Stuttgart’s wonder-boy” also being touted. The fact is that he is quicker than Bayern Munich playmaker, Thomas Müller.
Despite signing a new contact at the club until June 2018, the forward could be become a shining star if given the chance in the English top flight with Stuttgart now resigned to second-division football for at least the upcoming season.
Once dubbed the “German Kingsley Coman”, the starlet has made 36 appearances in all competitions, scoring seven goals and making five assists this season but this has still not been enough to keep Die Roten from the drop. At age 20, he already has made 95 appearances in the Bundesliga, scoring 13 times, but his progress has been much of a stop/go nature, and Stuttgart’s difficulties competing the last several seasons have certainly not created a strong platform for Werner to develop.
Having represented Germany at all age ranges, he is yet to make an appearance for Löw’s senior side. He was a target for Tottenham last summer, but the North London club opted to sign former Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Son Heung-Min instead, due to the South Korean’s greater experience.
According to Bild, Stuttgart tried to sell Werner last summer for €10 million but no team was prepared to match their asking price.
But a year on, why can’t he work under the stewardship of fellow German Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool? Or provide cover for Harry Kane at Tottenham?
It is understood Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are all interested in his services. At 5ft 11, he is taller than your conventional winger – not surprising giving his upbringing as a striker.
Borussia Dortmund were said to be interested in Werner, although having signed Ousmane Dembélé, 19, from Rennes, it seems there may now be less interested in the Stuttgart youngster from Thomas Tuchel’s club. The Premier League could be Werner’s next step in his career and a seen as a steal at €10 million.
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