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Far-Fetched Friday: Timo Werner Will Win a Golden Boot at Chelsea
By: Jake Lofgren
Of course the deal is not done, but Timo Werner's future is looking likely to be in London. Everyone knew that it was going to be tough for RB Leipzig to hold onto their star forward forever, with many big clubs linked with Werner for a few seasons. Many thought Bayern would be their usual selves and continue to steal all the other Bundesliga clubs' best players, or that Liverpool were the frontrunners to sign him after months of being rumored as interested. Although over the past few days, Chelsea have quietly become Werner's most likely destination.
Welcome back to Far-Fetched Friday, where every Friday we give you a bold prediction that we believe will come to fruition. This Friday, we take you to the blue half of London and a growing German superstar.
Even before Eden Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid, Chelsea really were in need of attacking support. There was too much pressure on Hazard to produce a moment of magic just about every game. So when he left, Chelsea were forced to rely heavily this season on unproven young players. Chelsea still found a way to score 51 goals so far this season, but much of this was due to the strong start of Tammy Abraham. Once Abraham started to cool off with Pulisic and Hudson-Odoi missing big time due to injuries, Chelsea had a hard time figuring out where their goals were going to come from.
Chelsea's young attacking core of Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, and Callum Hudson-Odoi is special, but is not enough to rely on if they want to really compete with Liverpool and Man City at the top of the table any time soon.
So if Chelsea wanted someone who could come in and give them goals, Werner is one of the best candidates out there. If there is one thing that Werner is good for, it's putting the ball in the back of the net. Since joining RB Leipzig in 2016/17, Werner has scored 92 goals in 154 appearances. Werner thrives both as a striker and out on the wing which means he should be very comfortable playing alongside Chelsea's main number 9, Tammy Abraham. Werner may not be a player that you can give the ball to and expect him to produce some magic like Hazard, but he is very special when able to use his speed to get on the end of balls played in behind.
The big sale of Hazard to Real Madrid and the transfer ban that soon followed, both pointed to the possibility of Chelsea making a huge splash in summer 2020. Chelsea already confirmed the signing of Hakim Ziyech a few months back, the reining Eredevise player of the year, a player that gives Chelsea another creative forward that is just entering his prime. Now Chelsea look very close to confirming the signing of Werner, as well, and we are still only in early June.If there's one thing we know about Chelsea it's that they love to keep their negotiations quiet. Ziyech and Werner were both linked to Chelsea for a while, but both still became very likely deals out of nowhere.
Whether either of them succeed at Chelsea is yet to be seen, but as of right now these would both be considered huge signings for them. Chelsea definitely still need to strengthen their back line and are one of the many clubs linked with Sancho, so to think that Chelsea's summer is over, would be silly. Again, Werner to Chelsea is not confirmed by any means, but after all the news over the past couple days, for him to end up at Liverpool would surely lead to every Chelsea fan deleting Twitter.
Although if everything goes to plan and Werner ends up in London, Werner will be a threat to win the Golden Boot for many years to come.
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