by Andrew Doulton - 10th December 2015
When you hear the names Gerd Muller, Miroslav Klose, Jurgen Klinsmann, Rudi Voller, Karl Hienz Rummenigge you remember some of the greatest German strikers of all time. Now I am not saying Timo Werner will live up to that stature, but for a 19 year old to have already played 76 games in the bundersliga he is already heading in the right direction.
Werner was born in Stuttgart on the 6th March 1996. Werner was signed by Stuttgart Jugend youth academy in 2002 and gradually progresses his way through the youth teams. Whilst playing in the junior divisions, Werner had a very impressive rate of 57 goals in 61 games. He then went on to make his first team debut at the young age of just over 17 years against Bulgarian side PFC Botev Plovdiv in the Europa League, making him the youngest player to have worn the Der VfB shirt.
He made his league debut against Bayer Levekusen on 17th August 2013, swiftly followed by his first Bundersliga goal on 22nd September 2013 against Enitracht Frankfurt. During the start of his Bundersliga career, Werner played allot games on the Left flank, although he has now established himself as a regular striker for Stuttgart.
On the international scene Werner has been prolific at youth level, scoring more 29 goals in 36 games across the various youth teams. He is currently an established member of the U21s and has continued his goal scoring tradition with 3 goals in 4 games.
Werner has a style of play, which is well suited to the Bundersliga. He has good pace on and off the ball, which he is not afraid to use when taking on an opponent and he is also good team player with the vision to set up his teammates. It is clear from his years in the youth leagues that Werner has a good eye for goal but he does need to show this more for the senior team with just 10 goals in 76 games.
According to the Bild, offers were made for Timo by Tottenham and an Italian club but these were rejected at around €10m I firmly believe that if Werner was to have moved for that price it would have been a bargain, when you consider some of the prices paid now in football. Although his senior goal scoring record is quite low I believe this has allot to do with the fact Stuttgart have been fighting relegation since he broke in to the team coupled with the fact he played on the wing early in his career. With his Bundersliga experience and his experience playing for the Germany U21s the future is bright for Timo. If he wants to the next big star to lead Germany, he will have to work very hard to get there, but he certainly has as eye for goal as highlighted in his youth years which could see him rise to the top.