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Timo Werner returns to RB Leipzig

BySean Clark

Aug 7, 2022
Timo Werner on the soccer pitch

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Two years ago, Chelsea acquired one of the hottest commodities on the open market, RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

After a disappointing stint with Chelsea where Werner failed to produce like he did in the Bundesliga, Chelsea has sent the German striker back to his old club for 30 million euros.

With the Blues, Werner had a world of expectations thrusted on him after he scored 95 goals in 157 apperances over the course of four seasons with Leipzig, including 34 in 45 matches during the 2019-20 season.

In two seasons at Chelsea, Werner scored 23 goals in 88 appearances, a rate of 0.26 goals per match (0.61 at Leipzig). He consistently missed chances around the net, frustrating supporters frequently.

With the Romelu Lukaku experiment failing, Chelsea has still struggled to solidify that striker position since the departure of Didier Drogba. Raheem Sterling was the striker in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Everton on Saturday.

Leipzig have not lacked scoring since Werner’s departure in 2020 as last season, Christopher Nkunku scored 20 Bundesliga goals. With him and Werner now lining up at striker, they now have two options to give them firepower and compete with other clubs such as Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Chelsea will face Tottenham on Sunday and RB Leipzig will battle FC Koln on Saturday.