Timo Werner will fit nicely into ‘very promising’ Chelsea team, says former Blues midfielder Michael Ballack.
Timo Werner will be a good fit for Chelsea as Frank Lampard builds a ‘very promising’ team of young talents, according to former Blues midfielder Michael Ballack.
The Germany striker, who is the Bundesliga’s second-highest scorer this season, is poised to complete a £53million transfer from RB Leipzig this summer.
Chelsea have seen off competition from Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester United to sign Werner and Ballack has no doubt he’ll perform well in England.
He told Sky Deutschland: ‘I think it’s a good decision for both sides. For Timo, because he fits there, because the way he plays football suits him.
‘I think that, with Chelsea, he decided for a club where he has a better chance of playing, which is very important to him.
‘The team will be rebuilt, it will certainly be strengthened and Chelsea will spend a lot of money to compete at the top again.
‘A good young team is being built there, it is very promising. He [will be] playing together with even better players than in Leipzig.’
Werner, 24, has scored 25 Bundesliga goals for Leipzig this season – second only in the league scoring charts to Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski on 30 – and has netted 31 times across all competitions.
But, according to Ballack, he will need to improve even more to be able to cope with the rigours of the Premier League.
‘The intensity of games in England is higher because there are so many games,’ he added.
‘You need to have your own well-organised rhythm, live a healthy life and avoid injuries.
‘[It is] very important to improve your strength in duels. It is more difficult for strikers in England because the referees don’t whistle for everything.
‘But Werner will get used to the Premier League quickly – he’s fast, powerful and strong in duels.’
Germany midfielder Ballack played 166 times and scored 25 goals over four seasons at Chelsea between 2006 and 2010, winning the Premier League, three FA cups and the League Cup