Timo Werner joins Spurs on loan

Timo Werner Spurs

The German forward joins Tottenham on loan with an option to buy from German Bundesliga club RB Leipzig.

Spurs look set to be busy in the 2024 January transfer window with a plethora of names linked with a move to the North London Club. Radu Dragusin looks set to join the club, with the Romanian central defender looking set to leave Italian club Genoa, with Djed Spence going the other way on loan for the remainder of the season.

The club has not yet confirmed this deal, but one that has is the signing of ex-Chelsea and current RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner on loan for the remainder of the 2023/24 season. The deal comes with an option to buy the Germany international permanently should Spurs wish to do so at the end of his loan spell in North London.

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano stated on his X (formerly Twitter) account that the option to buy is worth €17 million (£14.6 million).

On signing for the club, Werner said (via Tottenham’s official website): “First of all, I’m very happy to be here, I’ve joined a very, very big club, we have often played against each other already – it doesn’t matter if I was playing for Chelsea or Leipzig, they were always big, big games to play against Spurs – and now I’m happy to be part of the team at the Club and I’m really looking forward to it.

“A lot of things attracted me here – first of all, the talk with the manager. I thought it was a really good talk, he gave me straight away the feeling that I need to join a club, what I want to feel when you talk to a manager and also the tactics and the style, how he wants to play, how he lets the team play.”

Timo Werner has been known as a clinical striker for a long time, and as of the time of writing, he has so far scored no less than 208 goals in 467 matches in his career. He can also add 91 assists as well.

The German forward began his career in youth football with TSV Steinhaldenfeld before joining VFB Stuttgart’s academy in 2002 at the age of six.

Fast forward to the 2010/11 season, which saw Timo Werner playing for Die Roten’s (The Red’s) Under 17s side, making 11 appearances in all competitions where he scored 7 goals. This youth team competed in the Junior Bundesliga South/Southwest, helping his side to become Champions after accumulating 60 points from their 26 matches.

He got even better in the 2011/12 season, where he was even better, scoring 25 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions with 6 assists to boot. Stuttgart Under 17s finished 2nd in the league that year.

Timo Werner’s senior debut for Stuttgart came at the age of just 17 years, 4 months and 25 days. It was in a UEFA Europa League Qualifier against Bulgarian side Botev Plovdiv in the 2013/14 campaign. He would soon go on to make his debut in the Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal.

June 2014 saw Timo sign his first-ever professional contract with Stuttgart after turning 18.

Fast forward to 11th June 2016, which saw Timo Werner sign for RB Leipzig, who had just been promoted to the Bundesliga. Stuttgart had been relegated at the end of the previous season.

In his first season with the club (2016/17), Werner scored no less than 21 goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances with 7 assists to boot. The forward’s efforts helped his new club to an incredible 2nd place finish with 67 points accumulated from 34 matches in what was their debut season in the German top flight.

Werner kept up his prolific form in the 2017/18 campaign, scoring 21 goals in 45 appearances with 10 assists, too. He helped his club to a 6th place finish in the league and to the Quarter Finals of the UEFA Europa League, where they were beaten 6 – 2 on aggregate by French club Marseille.

Timo continued to impress in 2018/19 where he scored 16 goals and got 9 assists in 32 Bundesliga matches. However, the 2019/20 campaign was to be his most prolific in his career to date.

In the 2019/20 Bundesliga season, the German scored no less than 28 goals in 34 matches whilst also collecting 8 assists. He also got 4 goals and 2 assists in 8 appearances in the UEFA Champions League. In the league, Leipzig finished in third, whilst in the Champions League, they reached the semi-final, where they were knocked out by French Champions Paris Saint Germain.

This would be his final season with RB Leipzig before joining Chelsea in the Premier League after activating his £47.5 million release clause on 18th June 2020.

In 2020/21, he scored 8 goals for the Blues in all competitions, and he was part of the Chelsea team that beat fellow Premier League heavyweight Manchester City 1 – 0 to win that season’s UEFA Champions League title.

In his second and final season in West London (2021/22), he would score 11 goals in all competitions for Chelsea.

Timo Werner would go on to re-join RB Leipzig on a permanent basis on 9th August 2022 for a fee that was reported to be in the region of £25.3 million.

The 2022/23 campaign would see the Germany international forward score 16 goals in all competitions, including 9 in the Bundesliga, where the club would finish in third place after accumulating 66 points from their 34 matches in the top flight.

He now joins Spurs on loan for the remainder of the 2023/24 Premier League season. The German looks set to bolster the prospects of Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham securing qualification for the UEFA Champions League.

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