RB Leipzig former assistant manager Jesse Marsch has explained the Timo Werner’s best position ahead of his imminent Chelsea arrival.
The 24-year-old is still on holiday after given some time off as he just finished the Bundesliga season with Leipzig last month.
There have been some suggestions about where Werner would fit in at Chelsea next season, and many believe he will compete with Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and perhaps Michy Batshuayi for the No.9 position.
Marsch who coached Werner as Leipzig assistant manager in 2018/19, however, said the central striking role may not be the best option to deploy the former Stuttgart player at.
He told Bleacher Report’s Football Ranks podcast: “Werner likes to drift to the left and then come in with his right.
“He can drag the ball [out wide] and cross it or come across the goal as well.
“He’s also good at finishing crosses from the right side when he’s attacking in the box, but he’s also good in the middle and he’s good on the right, too.”
Marsch who now manages RB Salzburg explained that Werner was often given the freedom to move to the left in a two-striker system at Leipzig.
“But he could play as a second striker, he could play on the right, he can play in a front three, he can play any of those positions,” he added.
He also highlighted his former player’s fitness despite being a hard worker for the team, saying: “The other thing that’s so special about Timo is that for a guy who sprints so much in a game, he’s always healthy.
“That’s unusual, those sprinters that are so aggressive, they pick up a lot of soft-tissue muscle injuries. Timo has been incredibly fit and hopefully, he can stay that way.”
More competition for the wingers?
Should Lampard keep his 4-3-3 system next season, it means Werner would play on the left flank based on Marsch’s suggestion.
It would be less competition for Abraham or Giroud, and more competition for Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi and potentially Willian if he stays.
Hakim Ziyech who is also going to be another option for the wide player role, although he predominantly plays on the right.
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