Why Manchester United should’ve signed Timo Werner
Manchester United have looked like a work in progress this season. They’re a better watch than they were under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, and will be fairly frustrated that they haven’t got more points so far.
A lot was said about Manchester United selling Romelu Lukaku and letting Alexis Sanchez leave on loan but their three most important forward players, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James, have got good returns so far.
Martial and Rashford have both scored 2 goals each and registered an assist, while James has scored 3 goals. However, one injury like the one to Anthony Martial does leave them a little thin.
One player who was linked with the Red Devils in the summer was German international Timo Werner, who would have fitted perfectly in their pacy and inter-changing forward line.
The forward currently plies his trade for Bundesliga club RB Leipzig, who are known for bringing through some of the best young players in Europe. The 23-year-old is capable of playing anywhere across the front-line and is very accomplished at scoring and creating goals.
Last season, he scored 19 goals in all competitions and registered 10 assists as well. Werner is very quick, two-footed, has a great defensive work ethic and can play anywhere across the front-line.
All of these attributes make him a manager’s dream. He’s also quite young and has a lot of room for improvement, and a big club is naturally his next destination.
He has started this season on fire and is already the top scorer in the Bundesliga, which was highlighted by his hat-trick against Borussia Monchengladbach. His explosiveness has come to the full fore this season.
It is understandable that Manchester United wanted to give the likes of Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong a chance to show their talents this season, especially with Europa League football being a perfect platform for these youngsters to get their chances. But Champions League qualification is very important for a club like Manchester United.
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Despite having a couple of difficult years after Sir Alex Ferguson left the club, they’ve never played Europa League on the bounce, hence, it is imperative that they make it to those Champions League spots.
However, their squad is far too thin for that to be a reality at the moment. It was important that they got a back-up forward and Timo Werner would’ve been perfect.