Gus Poyet has hailed Chelsea for completing the signing of Timo Werner, saying the club have bagged themselves one of the best strikers in Europe.

The Blues announced on Thursday that they’d agreed a deal, thought to be in the region of £45m, with RB Leipzig for Werner after weeks of speculation.

The Germany international will move to Stamford Bridge next season on a five-year deal, subject to a medical.

Werner was linked with Liverpool but is now heading to Premier League rivals Chelsea

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Werner was linked with Liverpool but is now heading to Premier League rivals Chelsea

Werner will be Chelsea’s second new addition, with Hakim Ziyech already signed up for the new campaign after agreeing a deal with Ajax for the Moroccan winger back in February.

But it is the capture of Werner that is particularly impressive, with Chelsea thought to have beaten the likes of Liverpool and a host of other European clubs to his signature.

It’s perhaps no surprise that a host of clubs were keen on the 24-year-old given his goal record, hitting 32 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions for RB Leipzig this season.

Former Blues midfielder Poyet is certainly pleased that Werner is heading to Stamford Bridge and believes their proactivity in the transfer market will be a major boost to Frank Lampard.

Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, Poyet said: “It’s always very difficult to get one of the top strikers in Europe, especially if you’re the club buying, because there’s too many people who are trying to look for the same type of players.

“I’m pleased that he’s coming to Chelsea. I’m pleased that he will give options to Frank Lampard, especially in front of goal which is the most important and normally the most expensive one.

“He’s very good at running into space and quick. I’m not saying really fast, but he’s quick, pacy and he can go in [behind] one vs one.

“He’s intelligent. I think he enjoys it more when he plays as the main striker. But also, he’s been playing at lot coming in off the left when you play three up front. I think there are good options for Chelsea next season.

Ajax ace Ziyech will also be heading to Stamford Bridge this summer

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Ajax ace Ziyech will also be heading to Stamford Bridge this summer

“This is the dream for the coach. Before you even start training for next season, you’ve got players through the door already. This is acting quickly and not letting anyone get involved and deciding which players are your first choice because that’s something that is very difficult in England.

“When you talk about big teams in England, like the top four and top five, most of the time when they’re looking for a specific player, that player can be the same one. Then he becomes very expensive or you start looking for other options because you don’t think you’re going to get him.

“In this case, there was no time for anyone as ‘Bang’ Chelsea. [They made the] first decision and see you later. That’s something that is very welcome from the point of view of the staff and everyone around Chelsea.”

Tammy Abraham is enjoying a breakthrough season with Chelsea, and Poyet insists Werner’s arrival will not be bad news for the Englishman

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Tammy Abraham is enjoying a breakthrough season with Chelsea, and Poyet insists Werner’s arrival will not be bad news for the Englishman

The arrival of Werner has raised questions about Tammy Abraham’s long-term future at Stamford Bridge, but Poyet feels that the duo could successfully play up front together next season.

“They can definitely play together because he’s been playing, in his team, with the big fella up front. So, it’s not new for him,” Poyet explained.

“It’s just a matter of the system you play and how you prefer to play. I think it’s options. For any manager to have different options is very important.

“I think Tammy has done very well and I hope he finishes the season in the same way because that’s the best way to give somebody a decision to make. You’ve done your best and then it’s down to Frank Lampard to pick.”

Listen to a clip of Gus Poyet on talkSPORT above!






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