Why Timo Werner Is Not The Man For West Ham United
Slaven Bilic had a sensational 2015-16 season at the Upton Park but West Ham’s shift to the Olympic Stadium has just not helped the team and the manager. After a mediocre start to the campaign, West Ham failed to finish in the top half of the table and are now desperate to add quality to their lineup to fight for a place in Europe next season.
They have been linked with some exciting attackers recently and the latest name they are linked with is German sensation, Timo Werner. Playing for the surprise package in the Bundesliga, RB Leipzig, the 21-year old has shown class of the highest order and is now a genuine part of Joachim Low’s German national squad.
The former Stuttgart star was in sensational form in the domestic league and scored 21 goals to add to his 7 assists in 31 domestic appearances. He helped his side to next season’s Champions League but has constantly been linked with an exit.
Capable of playing on the flanks, Werner was at his best last season playing as the lone striker in an energetic Leipzig side. An excellent dribbler with loads of pace to burn, Werner is quick, strong and has the ability to score from different angles and ranges. He is not too strong in the air but it is something he will learn slowly in his infant career and is a player who could turn into a superstar in the upcoming years.
West Ham used Andy Carroll and Jonathan Calleri extensively last campaign but Bilic will know that he needs a top class addition to get them back to their best.
According to reports, the Hammers are ready to splash €25m (£21.8m) for his services but it is highly unlikely that Leipzig will consider selling him at that price. Moving to London will mean that Werner will not be able to play in the Champions League and West Ham have to be prepared to compensate him financially.
He is a genuine star in the making and at just 21, is an exciting prospect. But he will not be available on the cheap and might be a risk not worth taking. West Ham need readymade players who can have an impact on the first team. Werner can genuine be a game changer but he should be given enough time, which the English club cannot afford at the moment.
As exciting as he is, Werner is not exactly what Bilic should be looking for this summer.