Timo Werner has been a revelation for the past couple of seasons, making him one of the hottest prospects in European football at the moment. This has made some of the top clubs in the world take a look at him, notably Liverpool. It had been reported that Jurgen Klopp is interested in the German and wants to bring him to Anfield.
However, now Mirror reports that Liverpool have withdrawn from their chase of the German international as they find the valuation of the player to be too high. This may be good news for other interested parties, including Real Madrid who have previously shown their interest in the forward.
What could he add to Real Madrid?
The Leipzig man could play in several positions throughout the frontline, although he is more comfortable being the centre-forward. At Real, he could be part of a three man forward alongside Benzema and Jovic, though many may argue that this would take a toll on the creativity on the flanks. A player with a keen eye for goal, the 24-year-old has attempted 3.8 shots per game in the league, and this has helped him find the back of the net 24 times this season.
Another facet of his game that must not be forgotten is the number of assists he has made throughout his career. The German international is a team man, creating 1.5 key passes per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga. This has helped him add seven assists this season, although primarily he has been deployed at the centre of the pitch by his side.
The aerial ability of Werner has to improve, although Zidane has an advantage here since his team does not create too many chances from crosses. With Modric and Kroos both on the wrong side of 30, the French manager would ideally like his entire team to contribute in the defensive areas by restoring possession in the midfield; a facet Werner could improve.
Should Real Madrid pursue Werner?
Timo Werner has been such an influence for his side in the recent past that it makes absolutely no sense for Los Blancos not to pursue him if the opportunity arises. However, there are a few concerns that Zidane must keep in mind while bringing in the maverick forward from RB Leipzig. The primary difference between the Bundesliga and La Liga is the speed of the game. While the build-up play in Spain is much slower, the Bundesliga possesses teams that play extremely fast football, specialising in counter-attacks.
Werner has earned a name for himself by becoming one of the most well-known counter-attackers of modern-day football, blessed with blistering pace. The downside of his game has been the fact that often people have accused him of being a one-dimensional footballer, inept at succeeding in a system with slow build-up play. His performances for the German national side have not done his reputation any good in this regard, and this is what Zidane would be bothered about.
The current scenario in the transfer market may prevent Real Madrid from making any bold moves, meaning Modric and Kroos could continue in the midfield ahead of Casemiro next season. This would force the Spanish giants to play a possession-based football, which might be suitable for Jovic. However, if our guess is correct, Werner would find himself in a problematic spot adjusting to this system, and the French gaffer may have to think of ways to bring the best out of the German.
Stats from Whoscored.