Timo Werner’s potential arrival has raised some questions about Tammy Abraham’s future at Chelsea, at least for some fans.
Abraham has been Chelsea’s primary goalscorer and the signing of a 31-goal forward would understandably put pressure on his Chelsea spot.
However, if we take a look at Werner’s season with Leipzig, he should not be a threat to Tammy, but rather a potentially ideal partner.
The counter-attacking goalscorer
Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann has mostly deployed 4-4-2 or its variation 4-2-2-2 (15 times) in Bundesliga this season (Whoscored).
In a front two, Werner often plays wider, often on the left side, while either Patrik Schick or Yussuf Poulsen plays the number nine role.
Frank Lampard could copy their blueprint and pair Werner and Tammy next season, but he more likely sticks with his preferred 4-3-3.
Leipzig have not played 4-3-3 this season, but they’ve used the 4-2-3-1 and 3-4-3 four times and twice, respectively.
And in those systems, Werner often played as left winger although he was also given the licence to roam.
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One of Werner’s best attribute is his pace, and making him play with his back to the goal is the last thing you’d want to do.
He hit speeds of 35km/h last season (Coaches Voices) and this season he has had more goals (five) from counter-attack situations than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues.
For comparison, that’s more than Jamie Vardy and Kylian Mbappe (four each) who are often regarded as counter-attack specialists; even Chelsea have just had four goals from counter-attack this term.
The fox in the box
Abraham, on the other hand, is most comfortable in the penalty area, having scored 12 of his 13 Premier League goals from inside the box.
Abraham is also far superior in the air (averaging 3.2 headers won per game) compared to Werner (0.2 headers won per game) which makes him a better suit for the number nine role.
These two are different types of goalscorers and it would give Lampard even more options, along with Olivier Giroud who just extended his contract until next year.
And Werner’s arrival would not necessarily mark the end of Tammy’s Chelsea career. On the contrary, having Werner on the pitch could even help Tammy have more space to work with in the 18-yard box.
It would be interesting if Lampard pair these two in a 4-4-2, although it also means fewer spots for those in the packed midfield department.
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