Werner: Story of a star or a starlet? – Sohom’s Blog

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Unlike the other giant footballing nations who rely upon individual brilliance to succeed at the international stage, the Germany national football team has been a different figure altogether. The four time world champions have always relied upon team game to emerge victorious, thus they have a brilliant habit of producing a flock of talented young players generation after generation. One such talent is the 21 year old Timo Werner, who’s slowly getting built as the successor of a certain Miroslav Klose in national colours.

The striker scarcity has been a big problem for the reigning world champions as Germany still haven’t found a proper replacement of Klose. The legendary forward netted 71 goals for his country in 137 games, however options like Mario Gomez is yet to replicate the scoring ratio Klose possessed. So, Germany are banking upon the young legs of Timo Werner, whose already a sensation in Germany. Werner was instrumental in his club RB Leipzig’s dream run in last season’s Bundesliga, finding the back of the net 21 times out of 31 games he featured in the league, enabling Leipzig to finish 2nd and thus earning them a Champions League spot. Werner is slowly proving to be a safe bet for Germany as well as he scored 3 goals in 5 national appearances. With the world cup around the corner, his exceptional strike rate might provide Joachim Loew a huge sigh of relief as he might finally have an answer to the question that who’s going to partner veteran Thomas Muller in Germany’s title defence in Russia next year.

Although it’ll be a massive overstatement to label the lad from Stuttgart “The next Klose”, however it’s clearly proven that he might come handy for Germany in the upcoming years by scoring crucial goals, just like his predecessor used to do. Then, time will provide the answer that whether the story of Timo Werner really find the back of the net or gets ballooned over the crossbar.

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By Sohom Sehanobish

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