What does Timo Werner to Chelsea mean for Tammy Abraham?

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

Timo Werner transfer to Chelsea, would it affect Tammy Abraham's playing time at Stamford Bridge?



'I know Liverpool have a lot of good players and I have to improve myself and to learn much more things to get on this level to play there'


These were the words of Chelsea-bound Werner.


It was no secret Werner, 24, desired a move to the European champions. His affection for Liverpool was evident in his come get me pleas. They never came.


So here we are, with the Leipzig frontman on the brink of a 200k a week deal with the Blues.


But what does this mean for Tammy Abraham? It's quite clear. After much early experimentation with his youthful side, Frank Lampard settled on a 4-3-3 set up. With Abraham starring as the central attacker, returning his bosses trust with a goal return of 13 in his 25 Premier League appearances thus far.


The Chelsea boss Lampard has spoken about giving youth a chance from day one, even after that opening day 4-0 drubbing by Manchester United. That policy won't change now.


If anyone has tracked the 33 goal attacker, you'll realise he's no conventional striker. This was evident in the last 16 Champions League tie with Tottenham Hotspur. Red Bull Leipzig started their evening of intent with three (3) at the back. Not unusual for the Bundesliga outfit.


More: Chelsea win race to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.


Strike duo of Schick and Werner lead the line, but this isn't so clear from the heat map of the match below.

Timo Werner's heat map against Spurs

As you can see Werner displays comfort out wide, as he did in his early days with hometown club Stuttgart.


With the majority of his touches being on the left-wing, it allows himself to exploit space left behind by marauding right-backs and stretching Center-backs.


Chelsea fans can expect the German international to be deployed out wide playing off and linking with target man Tammy. Some will argue that it's his best position, a testament to his ability.


Regardless of where he plays, the thought of a trio consisting of Abraham, Werner, and fellow new arrival Ziyech; is a scary one.




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