Timo Werner is a German professional footballer who plays as a striker for RB Leipzig and the Germany national team.
Upon making his senior debut in 2013, Werner became the youngest player ever to represent VfB Stuttgart and later became the club’s youngest ever goalscorer
In the top-five European leagues, the following are the top-10 shot takers this season – Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowksi, Timo Werner, Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah, Raul Jimenez, Edin Dzeko, Karim Benzema, Ciro Immobile and Kylian Mbappe.
Five of them – Lewandowski, Immobile, Werner, Ronaldo and Messi – are also the top five goalscorers, but all of them rank in the top 30 marksmen.
Chelsea’s principal transfer target Werner ranks third for total shots so far this season with 103. He is also third for goals with 25, four behind the historic pace set by Bayern Munich marksman Lewandowski.
He is 15th in the top-five leagues for shots per 90 minutes with 3.88, and eighth with 1.88 for shots on target. He also ranks 25th for the percentage of shots on target with 50.5%.
Werner has also had a prolific year for goals, the best of his career by some distance.
His expected goals, shots, shots on target, non-penalty expected goals and shot-on-target percentage are all at career-high levels. And some of the figures have jumped massively from his recent seasons.
Frank Lampard has largely used Tammy Abraham as his centre-forward. The youngster’s 13 goals are encouraging for his first season as leading man at the club, but he has scored just twice in his last 11 matches.
He has also gone missing for large periods of the season – of those 13 goals, seven came in one three-game stretch early in the season.
Then there is Olivier Giroud. In all competitions, the Frenchman has three goals in 684 minutes this season. He turns 34 in September, and while he will remain with Chelsea for another year, he is hardly a reliable starting option.
Michy Batshuayi, meanwhile, is expected to leave the club in the summer.
Abraham is just 22 and improving, and Lampard thinks highly of him, but Chelsea could do with adding an elite goalscorer to their attacking unit. Werner is seen as a potential solution.
If there is one skill that Werner has in abundance but Chelsea lack it is prolific and clinical shooting.
While his 103 total shots and 3.88 shots per 90 minutes put Werner amongst Europe’s elite goalscorers, Chelsea’s strikers just don’t figure.
Chelsea’s most prolific shot taker is Abraham with 3.4 per 90 minutes. That ranks 31st in the top-five leagues. Of those that have played more than 1,000 minutes, Christian Pulisic is second and Mason Mount third. Both have taken far more frequent shots than Giroud, who averaged just 2.45 shots per 90 across 442 minutes.
Chelsea’s leading strikers this season trail Werner by miles. Abraham’s 1.4 shots on target per 90 are 0.56 below Werner’s tally. Giroud is another 0.18 per 90 off the pace. Meanwhile, Abraham’s 0.57 expected goals per 90 is just over half of Werner’s and is a massive 0.18 ahead of Giroud.
Werner’s 50.5% of shots on target outperforms both, although only marginally in Giroud’s case, and he also has them beaten in goals per shot.
All in all, Werner is a more frequent shooter, a more accurate shooter, a more clinical finisher, and a more consistent and prolific goalscorer. Abraham and Giroud’s numbers pale in comparison.
Chelsea’s decision to open the chequebook can help them resolve one of their greatest needs.