Euro 2020 is set to mark the dawn of a new era for Germany, who have undergone a Doctor Who style regeneration after their desperate failure at the 2018 World Cup.
Indeed, Joachim Low’s squad for their final qualifiers against Belarus and Northern Ireland, as they racked up ten goals to make it seven wins out of eight, featured no fewer than nine players who didn’t make the trip to Russia two years prior.
However, although Timo Werner is one who did survive the cull that followed that ground-shaking defeat to South Korea, his goalscoring antics at club level have installed him as something of a poster boy for the brave new era of German football.
He has ripped it up for RB Leipzig since August, sparking interest in his signature from all over Europe, but he’ll have his eyes firmly on the ball as he looks to fire his country to glory when the Euros roll around this summer.
Here’s a look into what you can expect from the driving force we expect to lead Germany’s formidable line at Euro 2020.
Clubs He’s Represented
|RB Leipzig||2016- |
Werner left Stuttgart in 2016 as an exciting – if still raw – 20-year-old talent. He’d scored seven and assisted five in the Bundesliga for a side who ended up slipping out of the top flight, and was picked up for £12m by Leipzig, who passed his former side on their way up from Bundesliga 2.
And what a signing that proved to be.
In his 135 games for Die Rotten Bullen to date, he’s netted 86 times and assisted a further 37, utilising his intelligence, creativity and natural composure in front of goal to more than make up for a perceived lack of physical attributes.
This season he’s taken his game to new heights, his 20 goals in 22 league games making an utter mockery of the division as Leipzig chase their first-ever Bundesliga title. He may well have another club on his CV by the time the summer rolls around with Liverpool among those circling, but for now he remains one of German football’s hottest talents.
|FIFA Confederations Cup||2017|
|FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Boot||2017|
|Bundesliga Runner Up||2016/17|
|Europa League Squad of the Season||2017/18|
|DFB-Pokal Runner Up||2018/19|
Hardly an extensive honours list for a player of Werner’s calibre, but it is worth remembering he is really only getting started – and he may well pad it out before the season is over.
He missed out on Germany’s famous World Cup success in 2014 owing to being just 18 at the time, so he’s had to make do with just the 2017 Confederations Cup on the international stage so far – a tournament at which his three goals and two assists won him the Golden Boot.
At club level, he’s been a key part of Leipzig’s steady build into the force they are now, and is yet to win a major trophy – a distant runner up to Bayern in 2017 the closest his side have come until now. His career trajectory, however, suggests his current haul is merely a drop in the bucket of what’s to come.
Performance During Euro 2020 Qualification
With only half of Germany’s qualifiers coming during this season while he’s been in the form of his life, Werner wasn’t quite given license to act as his country’s goalscoring talisman – the electric form of Serge Gnabry as a central striker contributing to that. Though he was named in every squad, he sat out three matches altogether and started the same amount, though he did manage to net two goals.
It should be noted that all three of those starts came towards the end of the campaign, however, and in the decisive games vs the Netherlands and Northern Ireland as they looked to make sure of their qualification – indicating that he is trusted for the big occasions.
Should his unrelenting form at club level keep up, he is likely to be his country’s main central striker when things kick off in June, and his contributions during qualifying when he was called upon will have done that no harm whatsoever.