Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink has dubbed Chelsea striker Timo Werner ‘the real deal’.
Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink said “Yes, he is very sharp. He just turns the defender so easy and there is only one thing on his mind and that’s to get the shot off. He is not somebody who likes to play with his back to goal. He likes to see the goal and make his run always on the shoulder of the centre-halves. He just knows where the back of the net is. I like him when he plays through the middle but not when he plays on the left. He does drift and then come back but yeah, a top striker. His runs are limited because he can only come from the left and cut back into the right-sided centre-half, he is more restricted and he likes to be free. He likes to take his time and get the ball down. He is never with his back to goal. I didn’t like to do it, I wasn’t good enough like a (Johan) Cruyff or (Marco) van Basten or whatever. He is, in a way, the same. He knows his strength and he wants to make runs at the centre-half. For me, what I have seen of him, also in Germany, he is the real deal and he doesn’t care how they go in, he just wants goals.”
Werner joined the Blues on a deal worth more than £47million from RB Leipzig in the summer and he is already impressing. The Germany international has scored three times in his first six games across all competitions, netting twice in Chelsea’s 3-3 draw with Southampton last time out.
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