Frank Lampard may have had a brilliant start to his managerial career at Stamford Bridge, but the Chelsea squad still needs a few more quality additions in order to challenge for the title in the coming years.
This has seen them scout for some of the finest stars in Europe, irrespective of the transfer ban in January. And one player they have been linked with is Timo Werner.
A story from The Sun claims that the Chelsea chiefs are confident of the ban being lifted and both Callum Wilson and Werner are at the top of the wish list for the Blues.
Werner remains a long term transfer target as well but is he the right man for Lampard?
What Will Werner Bring To Chelsea?
A versatile attacker who is deadly in front of goal, Werner is a creative presence, who is usually effective from the left flank.
He scored 13 league goals in three years graduating from the Stuttgart academy but only made a name for himself in the Bundesliga with his performances for RB Leipzig.
Werner now has 69 goals and 34 assists in 197 appearances across all competitions for the German side, and is easily one of their most consistent players at the moment.
He is also a regular in the German national team, where he has 11 goals in 28 appearances. Werner’s ability to finish half-chances makes him a dangerous player in and around the box, and is one of the reasons why he has a high goal-return rate.
The 23-year old can lead the attack for his side, but is more effective playing with a strike partner, which is not ideal for the Blues.
Do They Really Need Him?
Werner’s quality is proven at the highest stage and adding him to the squad will only make Chelsea stronger.
But the likes of Tammy Abraham, Michy Batshuayi, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi represents a quality attack and Werner will have to fight for his place in the first team.
The German international may not be as effective as a striker in Lampard’s 4-3-3 or 4-3-2-1 system but he does add depth to an attack that can only grow stronger.
However, their defence is something that needs to be strengthened and the manager needs to address this issue before he can spend big on another attacker.
Werner has over three years on his current contract so will be expensive and Lampard might have to improve his defence before making such signings once the transfer ban is lifted.
However, if they do have plans for other defenders, a chance to sign Werner is not something that they should pass off.