After returning to former club RB Leipzig in the summer of 2022 following a torrid spell with Premier League side Chelsea, many were backing Timo Werner to rediscover his prior strong form, but it’s failed to happen.
Across 53 appearances in all competitions for the German side since moving back to the club for close to £20million, Werner went into the Bundesliga's break having scored 18 goals on top of seven assists. That doesn’t seem too bad of a return in general, but his problems have worsened this season as he’s since fallen out of favour with current manager Marco Rose.
That’s limited the 27-year-old forward in terms of first-team outings for Leipzig, scoring twice in that time and with just four of his appearances coming as starts. Despite this, the odds are still 1/10 in favour of him staying put beyond January, though all it can take is one negative spark to change the complexion of the current Timo Werner next club odds.
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Werner has proven throughout his career that he can find the back of the net with pretty decent regularity, and as such, several clubs will still be interested in either loaning or buying the German international in the near future.
His best season came back in 2019/20 at Leipzig in the season before he moved to Stamford Bridge. During that campaign, Werner netted 34 goals across 45 appearances across all competitions, including a haul of 28 strikes in 34 Bundesliga matches.
That saw him included in the competition’s ‘Team of the Season’, and helped him to become the German side’s all-time topscorer.
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Favourites: Aston Villa – 3/1
The Villans are currently living their best life after a largely traumatic 2010s decade, entering 2024 in second place. Staying there would see them equal their best-ever PL finish of second, as attained in the inaugural 1992/93 season of English football's new era.
Of course, Villa fans know the top-five will almost certainly look very different come 19th May, with a top-four finish being the dream. Fatigue and inferior squad depth compared to the likes of Manchester City seem very likely to be a factor.
That makes such a ‘statement' signing like Werner all the more important, and to combat Villa's potential incoming ‘reality check', Werner provides fantastic flexibility necessary.
That’s because not only has he featured before as an out-and-out striker, but he’s also played out wide on either wing extensively, whilst he’s additionally capable of playing in a more central attacking midfield position if needed.
Second-favourites: Manchester United – 4/1
So far this season, it’s safe to say that United have underwhelmed again in their achievements, and a lot of that has come down to their lack of goalscoring when it matters. Marcus Rashford is still way off his pace from last season, whilst Antony and Jadon Sancho have struggled with off-field issues.
Star signing Rasmus Hojlund has also failed to make the impact many United fans would have been craving as well, having only ended his wait for a maiden PL strike on Boxing Day.
That leaves plenty of room for Werner, especially with his flexibility across the forward positions. So if the Red Devils can lure him back to England for a cut price fee, it could very much prove to be a shrewd acquisition.
Outsiders: Nottingham Forest – 20/1
Like United, Forest have underwhelmed in comparison to their own ambitions so far this campaign. Signing a player with the skillset of the German forward would definitely boost their chances of avoiding a relegation battle this season.
Of course, the biggest stumbling block in them signing Werner this winter comes from the player end. Not only will he likely command a hefty fee and wage structure for a side like Forest, but it's also hard to imagine him willingly dropping from a Champions League-challenging side down to an English top-flight outfit in only their second successive PL campaign.