Timo Werner has been the first to admit he has struggled to adapt to English football so far. Yet despite this, Mason Mount is the only outfield player to have picked up more minutes in the Premier League.
The big chances he has missed this season has become a subject of ridicule on social media. Only Patrick Bamford has missed more big chances than Timo’s 16 so far this season. However, while Bamford has 14 league goals to show for it, Werner sits on just 5 league goals.
In fact, of all 50 plus players to have scored at least 5 goals in the Premier League this season, none of have a worse conversion rate than Werner’s 10.8%. To make matters worse, many believe he is keeping a better goalscorer out of the side in Tammy Abraham. Tammy has 6 league goals despite playing less than half the minutes of the German and has a conversion rate of 23.08%. By comparison, Tammy has missed just 3 big chances this season.
Which begs the question, why are both Lampard and now Tuchel building their attack around Timo rather than the younger and far more efficient English forward?
Tammy vs Timo: What their Radars show
As you can see above, Tammy Abraham is excellent in the box. If you need a goal, you bet all your money on Abraham being the man to score it. However, when you look at all phases of play, he doesn’t press much from the front, has almost no involvement in the buildup phase, doesn’t progress the ball, offers no penetration and doesn’t create many chances for others around him.
While Werner has clear weaknesses in his game, he offers a lot more all-around than Tammy at the moment. This explains why they are building the system around Werner, much in the same Klopp did with Firmino early in his Liverpool career.
It also shows why Tammy was withdrawn at half-time against Southampton when they were 1-0 down. His replacement, Callum Hudson-Odoi was removed just 30-minutes after coming on with Tuchel citing his “energy and the attitude in the counter-pressing” as the reason for the decision.
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