Oliver Bierhoff is confident that his fellow countryman will adapt quickly to the demands of Premier League football
Timo Werner’s “obsessive quest for goals will help him settle” at Chelsea, according to Oliver Bierhoff, who has backed the £47.5 million ($59m) striker to continue scoring at a prolific rate in England.
Chelsea reached an agreement to sign Werner from RB Leipzig on June 18, bringing months of speculation over his future to a close.
The 24-year-old was related to a whole host of top clubs across Europe prior to the Blues secured his signature, including Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Liverpool.
He is a standout player for Leipzig throughout his time at Red Bull Arena, with the 2019-20 campaign marking his most readily useful season yet in the Bundesliga.
Werner hit 28 goals in 34 appearances to help Julian Nagelsmann’s side finish third in the final standings, and Chelsea supporters will hope they can replicate that kind of form at Stamford Bridge.
Former Germany international Bierhoff – who enjoyed spells at Udinese, Milan and Monaco at club level – thinks a fellow countryman will need time to adjust to unfamiliar surroundings, but doesn’t are expecting his output in the last third to drop in the Premier League.
“In a foreign country, you are left to your own devices,” Bierhoff told The Athletic. “There’s a risk factor involved, but I would always do it again since you mature so much. Italy was a shock to me at first.
“You believe football could be the same every-where, but it’s totally different every-where. The individuals are different, the dressing room humour differs, communication differs, the game differs.
“You need a little time to get used to it. There is definitely an expectation you that you should not simply take too long, obviously, but In my opinion that Timo’s obsessive quest for goals and his ambitiousness will help him settle quickly.
“He doesn’t look left or right too much, he’s focused on scoring and performing well. And with his pace, he will score goals in England, I’m sure.”
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Werner’s contract with Chelsea will officially begin on July 1, meaning he will not be eligible to come out for Leipzig in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
The German frontman admitted that it “hurts” to be unable to help his former club continue progressing in your competition. He told Sportbuzzer: “It was clear that all parties – Chelsea, RB and my side – should and must settle this.
“Of course, I tried to keep out of the Champions League issue as much as I could because it was clear that I would have to hurt one side. That’s why my agent finally agreed it with the clubs.”