COMMENT By Matt Bullin
Mauricio Pochettino must do everything in his power to beat Liverpool to the signing of Timo Werner this summer.
The one-time Germany international has been in fine form for RP Leipzig this season, and has scored 21 goals and supplied seven assists in 31 Bundesliga games.
The youngsters form has attracted interest from a host of top European clubs and Bet Victor had Spurs as 8/1 to sign the 21-year-old prolific forward.
Here are three reasons why Spurs must blow Liverpool out of the water to sign him.
Since his £8.5million move from Stuttgart last summer he has cemented his position as Leipzig’s number one striker and he has not disappointed. Werner has been prolific this year and has been one of the main reasons behind his club’s rise to prominence in the Bundesliga. Although Spurs have not been short of goals this term they looked a different side when Harry Kane was out injured. Werner can fill that gap and even share the striking load. As well as that the 21-year-old has the potential to play on the right wing, so he could even offer Pochettino the option of playing a different system.
Werner has already shown that he has bundles of talent with his performances this season, but he is only 21, and there is no telling how good he could be. He has impressed throughout his short career and is well-admired by the German national set-up, having already played once for the senior team. But he proved he was ready for that call-up through his performances for the Germany Under-17s (18 appearances, 16 goals), the Under-19s (11 appearances, nine goals) and the Under-21s ( seven appearances, three goals). Pochettino has already built a fine squad of young talent, and has moulded the likes of Dele Alli into world-class players. Werner would slot right into his squad, and while there he could fulfill his potential.
Tottenham enjoyed a wildly successful domestic campaign this season but they disappointed in Europe. They failed to make it out of their Champions League group, and were then beaten by Gent in the Europa League last-32. If they are to improve next season they need squad depth, and players who can play in the league, while their stars compete on the European stage – Werner can do that. Also, Werner has never played in Europe before, so a move to Spurs will provide him with that opportunity.
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