To call the acquisition of Werner a coup would be an understatement. It is not often that a player with his goalscoring output and underlying numbers is available on the market, let alone for a fee as little as £50 million.
Liverpool’s analysts, arguably the very best in the business, rated Werner as a better purchase as compared to the likes of Jadon Sancho and Kai Havertz. Taking a deeper look at his numbers and the money associated with his signing, it is easy to see why.
This article will take a look at what makes Werner a world-class forward and his unconventional playing style. His potential fit in the Chelsea team and the changes Frank Lampard may have to implement in his tactics will also be analyzed in the upcoming sections.
While many might have only heard of Werner in the past year or two, he has been turning heads for a number of years. In fact, he broke the record for the youngest player to make 100 Bundesliga appearances at 20 years and 169 days old in 2016. Before turning 20, he already had three full seasons of professional football at Stuttgart under his belt.
His final season at the club, in particular, was a huge indicator of his potential. On a team that finished in the relegation spots, Werner put up 0.49 non-penalty xG/90 across 26 starts and 7 appearances off the bench. Under normal circumstances, these numbers would have brought inevitable links to the richest clubs on the planet. Luckily for Leipzig, he endured a terrible finishing slump which meant he was overlooked by most big clubs as a transfer target.