According to a recent report by Spanish news source Mundo Deportivo, La Liga giants Barcelona are said to be interested in acquiring the services of German striker Timo Werner this summer with Catalan representatives said to have held a meeting with the player’s father. The report suggests that the Blaugrana have been in search of strikers who can ably replace Luis Suarez in the long run, and view Werner as one of the options.
The report suggests that the striker’s father recently discussed with Barcelona technical secretary Eric Abidal and his assistant about the transfer in Germany. Although Lautaro Martinez is still claimed to be the Catalan club’s first-choice option for the role, they have been keeping tabs on some of the other prospective alternatives, in the event one of the other clubs interested in his signature hijacks the transfer for the Argentine striker.
What Purpose Would A New Striker Serve At Camp Nou?
Uruguayan international Luis Suarez has undoubtedly been one of the Catalan club’s most important players over the last many years. As crucial and telling as his goals have been, the fact remains that the former Liverpool man is now 33.
Currently entering the twilight years of his career, it’s not surprising that the frequency of his absences from the side due to injury is constantly increasing. It was the Uruguayan’s knock that forced Barcelona into making an emergency signing just after the January transfer window.
What Would Werner Add To This Barcelona Team?
The German international is one of the most versatile and promising attackers in the European game at the moment, owing largely to the fact that he seems to be scoring goals at such a steady rate. One of the Bundesliga ace’s most significant points of attraction must be the fact that he can play anywhere across the front-line. As useful as the RB Leipzig man can be as a centre-forward, it’s worth considering that the speedster also offers creativity and penetration from the wide areas.
Adept at beating defenders for pace or with trickery, Werner seems to have the confidence to try and dribble most defenders in the world. Despite being an excellent crosser of the ball, it’s worth considering that the German international is primarily a striker by trade. He tends to time runs into space superbly, while the Bundesliga forward also has a considerable amount of upper body strength. The German even shares a lot of attributes with Luis Suarez, the biggest of which is a good football brain.
What Makes Werner Such A Good Option For Barcelona?
The acquisition of Martin Braithwaite midway through the campaign was a clear indicator of the kind of player that Barcelona are after. The consistent injuries being picked up by both Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele are a problem, and Werner could come as a utility fix in both positions. The German’s 21 goals from 25 league fixtures is quite commendable, and that’s exactly the kind of striker that’s required to replace someone as good as the legendary Luis Suarez.