Manchester United should be putting the signing of Timo Werner high on their priority list in the January transfer window. His form is making him impossible to ignore.
Werner has been directly involved in 9 goals (5 goals and 4 assists) in his last two Bundesliga appearances for RB Leipzig.
For context Manchester United have scored just 16 Premier League goals in 12 matches.
Werner is spearheading Leipzig’s Bundesliga title bid having developed into one of the top strikers in the German top flight.
Why do United need Werner?
United sold Romelu Lukaku and loaned Alexis Sanchez both to Inter Milan in the summer leaving the club short of options and cover upfront after no replacements were signed.
Anthony Martial has impressed since re-taking the number 9 shirt, but he has already missed a number of games due to injury, in that time United’s attacking threat was practically non-existent.
Marcus Rashford played as a striker in the Frenchman’s absence, but he looks more dangerous and comfortable out on the left making darting runs in behind.
The departures of the experienced pair Sanchez and Lukaku has allowed Solskjaer to integrate Mason Greenwood into the first team, but it is an area that the Norwegian knows he needs to bolster.
United simply need more goals, a clinical finisher and a natural number 9, which would mean that the team doesn’t significantly suffer if Martial was to sustain another injury.
Werner ticks all of those boxes and fits the profile United now use to identify targets in terms of age and ability to develop into a world-class talent.
What would Werner bring?
German outlet Kicker claim Werner’s contract has a 30 million Euro release clause, which is approximately £27.5million.
With the transfer market continuing to inflate and big clubs having to fork out big fees, £27.5million would be an absolute steal for a talent like Werner.
The German international has the versatility to play as a striker and a wide left-forward in a three-man attack. He fits.
Goal reported that Werner told Sky Germany last year: “As a young boy, you always dream of the big club you’d like to play for.
“It used to be Manchester United under Alex Ferguson, who always won. A young boy is always a fan of those who win. You can’t just drop something like that.”
Werner possesses blistering pace to get away from defenders and has that knack of being in the right place at the right time when the ball drops in the penalty area.
With United struggling to create chances, Werner’s willingness to run in behind and clever movement would pull opposition defences out of position and create space for his team mates.
Another attribute of his game that would bolster United would be his clinical finishing, Solskjaer has called on Martial and Rashford to score more scrappy goals, Werner has those predatory instincts and a lot of his goals are one touch prolific finishes.
Forget Thomas Muller, this is the German striker United need.
How is he faring this season?
If it wasn’t for a certain Robert Lewandowski, who is in the form of his life, Werner’s goalscoring exploits in Bundesliga this season may have received greater plaudits.
Lewandowski has 16 goals in 11 games, he is averaging a goal every 60 minutes, Werner on the other hand has 11 goals, and is averaging a goal every 82 per minutes.
Werner has also registered four assists this season compared to the Polish striker, who is yet to register an assist.
This creative side is a positive, suggesting he can help link up with Martial, Rashford et al.
In 17 matches in all competitions this season, Werner has scored 15 goals and produced 7 assists, that’s 22 goal contributions.
Lewandowski in 18 matches in all competitions has produced 23 goals with no assists. It shows the level and company Werner is currently maintaining.
In 134 appearances since joining Leipzig from Stuttgart, Werner has been involved in 110 goals (76 goals and 34 assists).
Last season, in 36 matches across all competitions, Werner scored 19 goals and 10 assists, 29 goal contributions, we are only in November, but it looks like the 23-year-old is set for a personal best campaign.
Manchester United have to act now because with the likes of Bayern Munich and Liverpool reportedly interested, our need is greater, we cannot afford to miss out on talents like Werner.
The real question is can Ed Woodward get the deal done ahead of the other European powerhouses. We live in hope.
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