Chelsea are embroiled in turmoil this season, languishing in tenth place in the Premier League and out of both domestic cup competitions, and having spent more than £550m on new acquisitions since last summer, manager Graham Potter will be on tenterhooks regarding his tenure at the helm of the club.
Despite signing the likes of Joao Felix on loan, Mykhaylo Mudryk for £88.5m, Raheem Sterling for £47.5m, and Noni Madueke for £29m, Chelsea’s glaring kryptonite lies in the inability to form a cohesive and fluid offensive flow, with the 23 league goals scored this season the lowest of any outfit in the top-ten by some stretch.
And given no Blues player has scored more than Sterling and Kai Havertz’s six strikes across all competitions this season, there is an overarching sense that something needs to drastically change in order to stabilise the ship and set the course for success.
With this in mind, one rueful deal that was concluded last summer, Timo Werner’s £25m sale to RB Leipzig, must not sit well with large segments of the Chelsea fanbase, given his dynamic skill set and the energy and buoyancy he brings to the pitch.
Werner was re-signed from Leipzig in 2020 after the west London giants paid his £45m release clause, and despite prolific brilliance in the Bundesliga, only managed to score 23 goals from 89 outings for the Blues.
How much is Timo Werner worth now?
In the campaign preceding Chelsea’s move to activate Werner’s release clause, he scored an incredible 34 goals and supplied 13 assists from 45 appearances, tantalising a career laden with prolific success in England.
This season, on his return to Leipzig, he has 11 strikes and four assists from 20 starting appearances for the Red Bulls, with the £165k-per-week star also plundering 25 goals from 55 caps with the German national team.
According to FootballTransfers, the 26-year-old is now valued at roughly £48m, almost double the fee that Chelsea deemed acceptable to see his departure from Stamford Bridge after just two years, despite playing a pivotal role in the 20/21 Champions League triumph.
And, as per FBref, ranking among the top 6% of forwards for attempted passes, top 6% for progressive carries, and top 2% for progressive passes received per 90, the weight of his transitional nature and presence across multiple departments of the field is illustrated.
Given the aforementioned Havertz’s £76m price tag and a similarly mediocre goalscoring record to his compatriot – having netted just 29 times from 123 games for Chelsea – it might appear that Boehly ditched the wrong man, especially given that the 23-year-old’s value of £65m hints at a far more lucrative balancing of the books after such heavy expenditure.
And indeed with just six goals from 31 displays this year, he does not appear to be staking a claim that he does deserve to lead the line over the coming years.
Once hailed as “deadly” by football talent scout Jacek Kulig, Werner would certainly bolster the beleaguered Blues right now, and although he didn’t tally the rate of goalscoring that many expected in the Premier League, scoring just ten times from 56 showings, his vibrant presence has left a chasm that Chelsea are yet to have filled.
Werner was certainly not always the most prolific of figures in west London, but he was endeared by the swathes of support for his tireless work rate and presence in-and-around the danger area, and as he fires at full throttle once again in his homeland, there is a sense that Chelsea did not utilise the phenom to his full capacity – indeed selling him for less than his worth.
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