Tottenham plans to fill Son Heung-min’s vacancy with a striker who had a disappointing performance in the English Premier League (EPL).
European football transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano reported on his SNS on the 7th (Korea Standard Time), “Tottenham will sign a contract with Leipzig, paying 100 percent of Timo Werner’s annual salary.”마카오토토
Werner is Royce Oppen this season. It is not easy to play because he is lagging behind Yusuf Poulsen and others. Eventually, he was preparing for a transfer in the winter transfer market, and Tottenham started recruiting.
Werner once stood out by making his professional debut at Stuttgart. He was in full swing when he joined RB Leipzig based on his skills at Stuttgart. In his first season in Leipzig, he swept the German stage with 21 goals and 5 assists in 31 Bundesliga games. In the 2019-202 season, he threatened Robert Lewandowski and joined the Leipzig competition for the top scorer. At the time, Werner was outpaced by Lewandowski, who scored 34 goals with 28 goals, and failed to win the top scorer award, but he was still recognized as the best striker in Germany. He scored 95 goals in 159 matches for Leipzig.
Since then, Chelsea has decided to move to the English Premier League (EPL) by recruiting Werner. However, Werner has changed into a completely different player for Chelsea. Other than his fast speed, he could hardly afford to lose any opportunities. His ability to score goals, which did not pose a threat to opponents, made Chelsea fans sigh in every game. Consequently, Werner only scored 10 goals in the EPL during his two seasons with Chelsea, before returning to Leipzig for the 2022-2023 season. However, his return to Leipzig was not a success and he is preparing to return to the EPL.
Romano said, ‘A medical test is scheduled, and he will come to Tottenham over the weekend to prepare. Werner cannot wait to work under Enze Postecoglou’ and said Werner is looking forward to moving to Tottenham.
As Romano mentioned, if Tottenham pays Werner’s full weekly salary, it seems to be comparable to Son Heung-min, one of Tottenham’s top weekly wage earners. According to the soccer and economic media Capology, Werner’s weekly salary is 190,000 euros (about 275 million won), which is about 40 million won different from that of Son Heung-min, who is 190,000 pounds (about 318 million won), and it is the highest in the EPL. In Tottenham, the weekly salary is second only to Son Heung-min and it is almost the same as that of James Maddison, one of the key players. Considering the difference in the EPL’s overall score, it can be assumed that Tottenham has high expectations for Werner.
The Guardian said, “Tottenham will close the deal in early January to loan Werner. The top target is Radu Dragusin, but he is also open to strengthening the forward line. Werner has been classified as a suitable player with the speed, power and ability that match Tottenham’s core strength. Rumors of a transfer to Manchester United were also mentioned, but he scored two goals in eight matches in this season’s Bundesliga.”
The reason for Werner’s transfer on loan was revealed by Leipzig coach Marco Rose. “He wants to be on loan. Werner wants to play at Euro 2024, so he has to play and we are doing our best for him,” Rose said. “We have prepared for Werner’s transfer to get time to play for Euro 2024.”
Germany has already acknowledged the imminent transfer of Bernardo to Tottenham. The German version of Sky Sports also reported on Wednesday that Tottenham wants Timo Werner.
The German version of Sky Sports said, “Werner is scheduled to return to the UK. He will be loaned to Tottenham until the end of the season. The deal is almost complete, and the details are not yet clear. Final negotiations are expected to proceed on Saturday,” explaining that Werner’s trip to Tottenham is imminent.
Meanwhile, even if Tottenham recruits Werner, it is unclear whether Son Heung-min’s vacancy will be completely filled.
Son Heung-min left Tottenham to participate in the 2023 Asian Cup of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar, which will be held from December to February 10. South Korea, led by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, is a team that is trying to win the Asian Cup, so it is highly likely that Son Heung-min will not be able to return until the final match of the tournament.
Football London said, “The semifinals will take place on Feb. 6 and 7. Even if Korea falls in the semifinals, chances are low that Korea will play against Brighton. Even if Korea plays in the final, it may play against Wolverhampton a week later, but if Korea is given break time such as championship celebrations, it may not be able to play.”
“I personally highly value Son’s participation in the Asian Cup. Many European fans value the European Championship, and the Asian Cup and the African Cup of Nations are the same,” Postecoglou said. “I hope Son will become the runner-up again after Australia. If so, I will be very happy.”
Earlier, Postecoglou, who was Australia’s coach at the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia, won the title by winning against South Korea in the final, and South Korea was only a disappointing runner-up. However, Son Heung-min is expected to do his best at the Asian Cup to win the title, not the runner-up, despite Postecoglou’s playful advice.
“As a captain, I can’t help but feel guilty. I feel sorry for the team and the fans because it seems like they are away at a time when many important players are injured,” Son said. “The Republic of Korea is very important to me. Going to the national team is also very important. I know how important it is to be a member of the national team for a long time. I think we will be able to find a good date through good coordination.”
Considering Tottenham’s skills this season, it is not easy to expect how much Werner will be able to fill the vacancy.
Ahead of this season, Tottenham forward Harry Kane left for Bayern Munich.