Former Tottenham scout David Webb has revealed that Tottenham wanted to sign Timo Werner before he joined Chelsea.
The forward made the switch from RB Leipzig to Stamford Bridge this summer and is set to make his competitive Blues debut tonight against Brighton.
He impressed in the Bundesliga, helping Leipzig to the Champions League quarter-finals, and is expected to lead the line for Frank Lampard.
Though it could have been very different for the 24-year-old with Webb, who worked in recruitment under Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, revealing that Tottenham were interested.
“Timo Werner was at Stuttgart when I saw him first,” he told FourFourTwo. “He was quite small but he was intelligent, his movement was very, very sharp.
“Sometimes you would see him as a striker, sometimes he would move left, move right and he seemed to move in sync with the players around him.
“Technically, he was very good and can score goals so you can see straight away he had an abundance of potential so even though he was small.
“He is one I followed a lot. We tried to get him at Tottenham but we couldn’t get him at the time.
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“He has done the right thing in his development curve in terms of getting exposure in Schalke’s first team and going to Red Bull Leipzig and scoring the number of goals he has done.
“He is definitely ready for that next step which is at Chelsea. He could either play up front on his own, he could play with one of the wide players close to a striker, in a two or in a three, he is so adaptable.”
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Werner was happy to join Chelsea with his move confirmed early in the summer.
He said: “I’m incredibly happy to be joining the Blues next season! It feels like the right step for me and I am delighted to become a part of Chelsea FC.
“Really looking forward to playing for such a fantastic and historic club!
“See you soon Chelsea fans.”
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