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Newcastle United Want To Recruit This German Forward: Good Choice For Howe?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent tweet, Bild journalist Christian Falk mentioned that Newcastle United want to recruit Chelsea forward Timo Werner this off-season. It has been claimed that the Magpies are showing interest in signing the German speedster during this summer transfer period.

Werner’s Unimpressive Season At West London 

Werner struggled to make himself a regular starter at Stamford Bridge last season and deserves some credit for catching the eye at times in the attacking end of the pitch. The former Bundesliga talent banged in 11 goals and picked up six assists in 37 matches for the Blues in the previous campaign in all competitions.

The 26-year-old failed to be consistent with his offensive contributions as he averaged 2.1 shots and 0.5 dribbles per game in the Premier League. However, he distributed the ball relatively well in the opponent’s half after completing 78.2% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

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Is Werner A Good Choice For Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe?

Werner is a decent dribbler with the ball and can make a few well-timed runs in behind the opponent’s backline. He is a tidy finisher in front of the opposition goal but has struggled to prove his worth at Stamford Bridge so far. Werner mainly operates as a left-sided wide player but can even function as a right-winger or play as a striker down the middle if his manager tells him to do so.

At the moment, the German international is not guaranteed a regular starting spot in Tuchel’s first XI. Therefore, Werner needs to switch clubs if he intends to get his career back on track.

Newcastle have got the luxury to offer the Chelsea talent regular first-team starts in the Premier League next season. At 26, Werner has got his best years ahead of him which makes him a decent choice for the Magpies to pursue this summer. He will bring a lot of pace and goals to Eddie Howe’s frontline at St. James’ Park. Thus, it makes a lot of sense for the Tyneside giants to engineer a move to bring him to England ahead of the new campaign.

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