Timo Werner Profile
|Born||Mar 06, 1996|
Timo Werner is an established German international, but his big-money move to Chelsea failed to pan out well, despite a Champions League winners medal, and he returned to RB Leipzig.
Timo Werner plays as a striker or winger for RB Leipzig and the Germany national team.
Previously, he has played for Chelsea and VfB Stuttgart, having started his youth career at TSV Steinhaldenfeld before joining Stuttgart's academy.
During his time at Stuttgart, Werner became the youngest player in Bundesliga history to make 50 appearances in the competition. That record was later broken by Kai Havertz, who would go on to become Werner's team-mate at Chelsea.
At 17, Werner became Stuttgart's youngest ever player. He is also the youngest ever goalscorer for his boyhood club.
His impressive performances earned him a move to Red Bull Leipzig, who paid a club record fee of €10million ($12million) to sign the forward.
Towards the end of his time at RB Leipzig, Werner was heavily linked with a move to Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool. However, Chelsea signed the player ahead of the 2020/21 season for a fee reportedly in the region of €53million.
Werner left Leipzig as their record goalscorer, with 95 goals.
However, he failed to reach the same lofty heights at Chelsea and returned to RB Leipzig in August 2022 for £25million.
Success at Leipzig
Werner signed for RB Leipzig from Stuttgart in June 2016, agreeing a four-year deal for a reported transfer fee of â‚¬10million - a club record for Leipzig at the time.
On September 26, 2016, in a match against FC Koln, he became the youngest player to play 100 Bundesliga matches, breaking Julian Draxler's record. Werner's record was surpassed by Kai Havertz in 2019.
Werner scored 21 Bundesliga goals in 2016/17, making him the top-scoring German in the league. However, he finished fourth in the overall goalscoring rankings behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Robert Lewandowski and Anthony Modeste.
RB Leipzig qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history thanks largely to Werner.
In March 2018, against Stuttgart, Werner became the youngest player to reach 150 Bundesliga appearances. He scored the winning goal later that month in a 2-1 victory over German champions Bayern Munich - Leipzig's first ever win over the Bavarian giants.
Werner scored 13 times and picked up seven assists in the 2017/18 Bundesliga season. He was also prolific in Europe, picking up seven goals in 11 appearances.
Werner scored 16 Bundesliga goals in 30 appearances in 2018/19. He became the first ever RB Leipzig player to reach 50 top flight goals for the club.
The 2019/20 season was Werner's most prolific as he scored 28 Bundesliga goals and 34 in all competitions. Werner finished second in the Bundesliga goalscoring race, behind Lewandowski.
After Werner agreed to join Chelsea, he did not play any further part in RB Leipzig's Champions League campaign as they reached the semi-finals, losing to Paris Saint-Germain.
Struggles at Chelsea
Werner made his Chelsea debut in a 3-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in the Blues' first Premier League match of the 2020/21 season.
However he struggled to find form at Stamford Bridge. He was impressive in October and November, scoring four goals in four Premier League matches.
A dry spell followed and Werner drew criticism from head coach Frank Lampard for his performance in a 3-1 Boxing Day defeat to Arsenal. Werner dropped to the bench in Chelsea's next match as they drew 1-1 with Aston Villa.
The departure of Lampard and appointment of Thomas Tuchel provided the striker with a chance to regain the form he showed in Germany and Werner scored in a 2–0 win over Newcastle United on February 15 to end a 14-game goal drought.
The striker continued to prove an easy target for critics, with a string of high-profile misses for club and country.
But despite netting just six Premier League goals in his debut campaign, he finished with a Champions League medal after the Blues defeated Manchester City 1-0 in the final in Porto.
He cut a frustrated figure in his second season at the club under Tuchel, who struggled to find the best role for Werner.
Werner scored just 11 goals in 37 games across all competitions in the 2021/22 season but managed to find favour with Chelsea fans for his tireless effort and determination.
In total Werner's two years at Chelsea came to an end with him having made 89 appearances for the club, scoring 23 goals.
Werner returned to RB Leipzig in August 2022 for Â£25million and immediately rediscovered his scoring touch, netting nine goals in 16 games before picking up an ankle injury that ruled him out of the 2022 World Cup.
Werner and Germany
Werner was a prolific goalscorer at youth level, representing his country at U-15, U-16, U-17, U-19 and U-21 level.
In his first start for his country at U-15 level, Werner scored a hat-trick in a match against Poland, to mark his international debut in style.
He earned his first senior national team call-up in 2017 and quickly became a regular fixture in Joachim Low's squad. He scored his first goals for Die Mannschaft in a 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup match against Cameroon, netting twice as Germany won 3-1.
Werner went on to win the Golden Shoe for the top scorer at that tournament, sharing first place in the scoring charts with Leon Goretzka and Lars Stindl. Germany won the Confederations Cup, beating Chile 1-0 in the final thanks to a goal from Stindl.
Werner also played in Germany's ill-fated 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign in Russia, which ended in an embarrassing group stage exit.
Germany fared little better at Euro 2020, bowing out in the round of 16 after a 2-0 defeat to England. Werner featured in three of Germany's four games at the championships but failed to score.
Werner is in a long-term relationship with Julia Nagler. He said in an interview with the Bundesliga's official website that his mother motivated him to finish high school even after he had signed a professional contract with VfB Stuttgart.
Timo Werner's net worth
The German international will reportedly make â‚¬10million guaranteed per season at RB Leipzig, and potential bonus payments could bring the total to as much as â‚¬12m.
Timo Werner News
- Jan 06, 2023
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- Nov 07, 2022
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- Nov 03, 2022
Timo Werner out of Germany World Cup squad with ankle injury
- Aug 09, 2022