Timo Werner: RB Leipzig re-sign Chelsea forward for four years | Transfer Center News

RB Leipzig have re-signed striker Timo Werner from Chelsea on a four-year deal.

The 26-year-old returns to the Bundesliga side after leaving two years ago to join Chelsea after the Blues triggered his £45m release clause.

But the German has been unable to replicate his goalscoring form at Stamford Bridge, where he scored 23 goals in 89 appearances in all competitions.

Werner has rejoined RB Leipzig, where he scored 95 goals in 159 games in all competitions, with a contract until 2026 and will wear the number 11 shirt.

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We take a look at Timo Werner’s best Premier League goals for Chelsea as his return to RB Leipzig is confirmed

He was initially keen to return to the club on a one-year loan with an option to buy, but talks between the two clubs quickly progressed and an agreement was reached for the German international’s permanent transfer.

Werner wanted to return to his old club and get regular game time to secure a starting spot for Hansi Flick’s Germany team at the World Cup in November.

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Chelsea striker Timo Werner was photographed in Germany on Monday night before completing a return deal to RB Leipzig from Chelsea.

His relationship with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was also said to be a problem, although Tuchel was understood to be unwilling to let the striker go.

Werner, who has also attracted interest from Juventus, only started 15 Premier League games last season, scoring four times.

Werner was not in the squad for Chelsea’s opening win of the season at Everton.

Werner excited about Leipzig’s comeback | “The move to Chelsea helped me”

“I am very happy to be able to play for RB Leipzig again. I had a great time here between 2016 and 2020, when we played brilliantly as newcomers to the league.

“It was a worthy exit for me to leave the club as top scorer, but that’s over and I look forward, because both the club and I have evolved in the last two years.

“I had two great years at Chelsea that I am very grateful for and was crowned with the Champions League trophy. The experience of playing abroad in a new league really helped me and my career.”

“I am now looking forward to the new season with RB Leipzig and, above all, to meeting the Leipzig fans again, who mean a lot to me.

“We want to achieve a lot and of course I want to become the first Leipzig player to reach the 100-goal mark.”

Leipzig manager Christopher Vivell added: “Timo Werner is a fantastic striker who brings another dynamic to our attack thanks to his profile. His speed and finishing are fantastic; he will take our attacking game to another level and above all, will match us.” more unpredictable.

“Timo is a Germany international. He has a lot of experience on the international stage and knows RB Leipzig very well, he will take on a leading role here. We have a brilliant level of variety and depth in our attack and a lot of quality going forward.”

Opportunities rejected potential extinguished

Sky Sports’ Adam Smith:

Timo Werner came to the Premier League with great expectations. His style of play was compared to that of Mohamed Salah and the striker immediately showed his direct qualities, but he struggled to convert chances in front of goal.

The radar below compares Werner’s stats per 90 during his time at Chelsea with his last three league campaigns in Germany and reveals that the only metric that changed noticeably was his strike rate.

In terms of tangible numbers, Werner scored 10 goals in two Premier League seasons at Chelsea, but should have scored almost twice as many, based on expected goals (xG).


The scatter chart below shows how that ratio plays out in the context of the entire division, with Tottenham winger Heung-Min Son converting 40 goals from an xG figure of just 25.85.

In fact, Werner’s xG differential – the difference between the number of goals he has scored and his xG – ranks as the worst in the Premier League since his debut.

The shot map below charts all of his 124 shots for Chelsea in the Premier League, with dots colored in progressive shades of red indicating easier chances to convert, revealing a number of chances rejected in front of goal.


The 26-year-old was deployed in numerous positions along the line of fire in an attempt to bring out his underlying talent, but was unable to deliver as he competed against a host of attacking options vying for the starting spots. headline.


A return to Leipzig is expected to see the German international reignite his clinical comebacks, which proved devastating in the Bundesliga for three prolific seasons before his £45m move to London.


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