Chelsea can make the most of ‘special’ Timo Werner by playing the versatile striker wide, says former RB Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch
- Chelsea have been told they can see the best of Timo Werner on the wing
- Jesse Marsch, manager of RB Salzburg, coached the striker at RB Leipzig
- He described the striker as ‘special’ and emphasized his versatility
- The German scored 34 goals and 13 assists in the 2019-2020 season
Chelsea can make the most of new signing striker Timo Werner by playing the striker wide, according to his former coach Jesse Marsch.
The German, who scored 34 goals this season and provided 13 assists, agreed last month to join the Blues on a £ 53 million deal and could be part of an exciting offensive lineup.
The versatile Werner is primarily a central attacker, but also has the opportunity to play on the wing and Marsch, who coached the striker in Leipzig from 2018-2019, thinks he could thrive in that role for Frank Lampard’s side .
Chelsea have been told they can make the most of Timo Werner by playing him on the wing
Jesse Marsch, manager of RB Salzburg, coached the striker during 2018-2019 at RB Salzburg
“He likes to float to the left and then comes in with his right,” said Marsch, who is now manager of RB Salzburg, The Football Ranks podcast from Bleacher Report.
“He can drag the ball [out wide] and cross it or come across the target too.
He is also good at finishing crosses from the right side when attacking in the penalty area, but he is also good in the middle and he is also good on the right side.
The German scored 34 goals and made 13 assists for Leipzig during the 2019-2020 season
“I think if you play with two strikers, which we often did in Leipzig, we gave them the freedom to go left.
“We built that in tactically so he could find ways to be on the road but dangerous, but he could play as a second striker, he could play on the right, he could play in a front three, he could play any of those positions play . ‘
Marsch also emphasized the 24-year-old’s physical characteristics and his positive injury record.
“Again, he will work against the ball, he will defend, he will work for the team, and the other thing so special about Timo is that he is always healthy for a man who sprints so much in a race.
“That’s unusual, those sprinters who are so aggressive that they pick up a lot of soft tissue muscle injuries. Timo has been incredibly fit and hopefully he can stay that way. ‘
Werner could be part of an exciting front three with fellow new kid Hakim Ziyech and in-form Christian Pulisic, who has had three goals and two assists since football’s return.