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Chelsea new boy Timo Werner’s “obsessive quest for goals” will help him settle in the Premier League, according to Germany striker Oliver Bierhoff. But he is also suggested his style of play may not help out his new team-mates.
The Blues’ latest summer signing is due to link up with his new team-mates in the coming weeks. His exceptional scoring record of 78 goals in 127 league appearances means Blues fans are expecting goals galore next term.
“I played outside of Germany for 13 out of 17 years and it was brilliant. I think it’s a courageous decision and a good one for Timo,” he told The Athletic.
“We often see players who go abroad grow in personality. Take Per Mertesacker, at Arsenal. Bernd Leno, too. Marc-Andre ter Stegen (at Barcelona), Ilkay Gundogan (at Manchester City). Toni Kroos (at Real Madrid), Antonio Rudiger (at Chelsea).
“In a foreign country, you are left to your own devices. There’s a risk factor involved, but I would always do it again because you mature so much.
“Italy was a shock to me at first. You believe football is the same everywhere, but it’s totally different everywhere. The people are different, the dressing room humour is different, communication is different, the game is different. You need a bit of time to get used to it.
“There is an expectation on you that you should not take too long, of course, but I believe that Timo’s obsessive quest for goals and his ambitiousness will help him settle quickly.
“He doesn’t look left or right too much, he’s focused on scoring and performing well. And with his pace, he will score goals in England, I’m sure.”