Southampton and former RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says Chelsea-bound Timo Werner has the talent to take the Premier League by storm.
Several reports last week claimed Chelsea have sneaked in ahead of Liverpool to sign the 24-year-old Leipzig marksman.
The Blues could finalise the deal later this week, with Werner in for a five-year contract worth £200,000 per week.
Speaking to SportBild (via Goal), Hasenhuttl – who managed Leipzig between 2016 and 2018 – declared his excitement in the event of Chelsea confirming the deal.
He added that “brutal weapon” Werner has everything it takes to be a success in the English top flight.
“What they don’t like [in England] are players who roll away or act,” Hasenhuttl said.
“Football is very intense and fast. That, in turn, suits Timo: with his speed he’s a brutal weapon in the right team.
“He sometimes needs a shoulder to lean on, or a little more encouragement but what I’ve always liked about him is that he scores goals that nobody else scores.
“Give him a bit of space and it’s hard to stop him. He has so many qualities that will always put him above others.”
A CHANGE OF HEART FOR WERNER?
Werner had previously declared his admiration for Liverpool and fellow German Jurgen Klopp.
He said in February: “I know that Liverpool is the best team at the moment in the world and when you are linked with that team it makes me very proud.
“It’s a pleasure but I know that Liverpool play a lot of good players and I have to improve myself and I need to learn many more things to get to that level and to play there.”
Indeed, Werner reportedly held talks with Klopp via video call earlier this year about moving to Anfield.
However, the Reds reportedly shied away from paying the £50million exit clause in his contract.
As such, Chelsea, who have not spent significantly in over a year, took the lead and agreed a deal.
Werner has taken his tally to 31 goals in 41 games since German football resumed last month.