Blues director Marina Granovskaia was understandably enthusiastic about the deal, stating: “We are very excited that Timo Werner has chosen to join Chelsea. He is a player who was coveted all over Europe and it is no surprise. He has that rare mix of being young and exciting and yet established and proven.
“We can’t wait to have Timo on board, but until then we wish him and RB Leipzig all the best for the rest of this season.”
The arrival of a player of the quality of Werner is sure to have collateral effects on the squad, however.
One player who could now face a fight for his starting berth is academy graduate Tammy Abraham.
The England international has operated at better than a goal every other game in the league this season. But Danny Millsforesees a “battle” to retain his hard earned spot next year.
Describing the coup, Mills said of the transfer to Sky Sports: “Very good. Obviously they’ve got the likes of [Hakim] Ziyech coming in as well.
“It looks like they’re putting together a very good, young talented squad of players.
“They’ve got the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount. They both had a breakthrough season this year as well and I think they’re building for the future.
“Werner is undoubtedly a striker with fabulous quality and I think he will add to them.
“He will probably go in as the no 9 and it’ll be a battle between him and Abraham to see who can get the shirt permanently.”
Gabriel Agbonlahor on a homegrown player’s struggle
Abraham’s situation of being an academy product forced to scrap for his spot after a blockbuster new arrival is a scenario not unfamiliar with the ex-Villa forward.
Also speaking to Sky Sports, Agbonlahor described how Abraham will react to news of the transfer.
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