Timo Werner’s Tottenham shirt number confirmed as Chelsea flop completes transfer

Tottenham has officially secured their first signing in the January transfer window by bringing in Timo Werner on loan from RB Leipzig, and he is set to wear the No.16 shirt. The former Chelsea player has agreed to an initial six-month deal, with the option to make the transfer permanent in the summer. Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou approved the signing of the 27-year-old, especially with captain Son Heung-min expected to be absent for the next month due to the Asian Cup with South Korea.

Werner, returning to the Premier League, had a mixed spell at Chelsea, scoring 23 goals in 89 appearances after a £54 million move. Despite the challenges, he played a role in Chelsea’s Champions League success in 2021. After leaving Chelsea two years ago for RB Leipzig in a £25 million switch, Werner scored 16 times last season. However, under manager Marco Rose this term, he has had limited opportunities, making only four starts in all competitions. His debut for Tottenham is anticipated in the upcoming away fixture against Manchester United.

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While Werner’s recent record has been inconsistent, his versatility will offer more attacking options for Postecoglou. The former Stuttgart forward can play in a central role or on either wing. Despite the signing, Graeme Souness criticized the move, labeling the ex-Chelsea player as a “stocking filler” and expressing skepticism about his goal-scoring abilities. Souness suggested that Werner may face challenges in finding the net but acknowledged his speed and ability to position himself for scoring opportunities.

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