RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has revealed that he felt frustrated in his last two years despite winning the UEFA Champions League with the club.
The German international was one of a number of big signings made under Frank Lampard in the summer of 2020, moving to Stamford Bridge despite constant links with Liverpool.
Speaking to the German FA’s website, Werner said: “Personally, it wasn’t the very best time.
“I had imagined something more. I learned a lot, won the Champions League and other trophies.
“I enjoyed the two years abroad very much – and enjoyed London very much. I had one laughing eye and one crying eye.
“In Leipzig, not everything went so smoothly in the first few weeks, but the football under the new coach suits me very well and prepares me for what is required in the national team.”
Style of play
Nicknamed “Turbo Timo”, Werner is known for his acceleration and pace. A direct, hard-working, and energetic forward, he initially played as a winger in his youth, before being switched to a striker or centre-forward role. An intelligent player, he has been praised in the media for his determination and willingness to drop deep to retrieve the ball or link-up with midfielders.
While he is not known for his physicality, aerial game, or hold–up play, he is a prolific goalscorer, possessing excellent movement off the ball, as well as a powerful and accurate shot with his right foot from both inside and outside the penalty area; he usually prefers to cut inside from the left flank and shoot on goal with his stronger foot, although he is also capable of cutting inside from the right and striking with his left.
Return to RB Leipzig
On 9 August 2022, Werner re-signed for Bundesliga club RB Leipzig on a four-year contract for a reported fee of £25.3 million. On 13 August, Werner made his return debut in a 2–2 draw against 1. FC Köln. He also scored, firing a dipping shot from outside the box at Köln keeper Marvin Schwäbe, who let it slip through his hands to gift Leipzig the opener in the 36th minute.
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