Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has stated that he will be ‘in trouble’ if Timo Werner fails to bring glory to Stamford Bridge next season. The Blues completed the signing of Werner last week in a deal worth €60m and before making a move for the RB Leipzig forward, Chelsea’s board asked Rudiger his opinion.
“Chelsea asked me for an assessment”, Rudiger said. “I have known Timo for a long time. I made a clear recommendation to do everything possible to get him. From the next season on he will have to deliver, otherwise I will get trouble from the club afterwards.”
The Germany international expects that Werner will not have any problems to make the transition from the Bundesliga to the Premier League. “Although he [Werner] is not a classic penalty area striker, he has a certain robustness well suited to the toughness of English football. Counterattacking may have been more difficult for him at Bayern Munich or with a top Italian team, who are always dealing with opponents who sit very deep.”
“Even outside the group of top clubs, many teams try to play positive and attacking football against us”, Rudiger added. “This will give him the space he needs and hopefully he can use it as much as he did at Leipzig.”