The forward has only scored six Premier League goals this season, but he is expected to be called up for his country’s unmissable encounter with Portugal on Saturday.
Timo Werner’s biggest moment at Chelsea so far hasn’t even involved him touching the ball.
The German striker was hailed for his lure in the Champions League final, allowing Kai Havertz to score the only goal against Manchester City and bring the trophy back to London.
Fans and Frank Lampard believed Werner would become their new star striker, but the 25-year-old ended the season with just six Premier League goals and a total of 12 in all competitions.
However, Lampard’s successor Thomas Tuchel knew ex-RB Leipzig frontman was not the full-fledged goalscorer people were expecting and that helped ease some of the pressure on the 47.5 signing. million pounds sterling ($ 67 million).
Although he didn’t score, Werner was a nuisance for Man City in the Champions League final, having some excellent runs, holding the ball and securing a few chances on goal.
These traits are something that Germany was sorely lacking in their first European Championship game against France.
Only two German players hit the target in 90 minutes, and one of them was Mats Hummels, who headed for his own net to give France a 1-0 victory.
After the game, Germany coach Joachim Low pointed out Germany’s lack of penetration.
“It was a brutally intense game. We fought until the very end. I can’t blame the team, we gave it our all,” Low told reporters.
“What was missing was a bit of penetration in the final third. There is no fault with Mats for the own goal, it was difficult for him to clear the ball.”
Joshua Kimmich echoed his manager’s comments, believing that Germany had no chance of losing, especially since France themselves only had one shot on target.
“We weren’t the worst team, we dominated the game and went behind with a very, very unlucky goal,” Kimmich said.
“Otherwise there were relatively few scoring opportunities on both sides. We didn’t take all the risks and we didn’t fully open up. It’s a shame. A point would have been earned.”
The inclusion of Werner would allow Germany to open up more as Kimmich pointed out. His pace and dribbling ability will pose problems for Portuguese defenders, especially with the aging Pepe who will form the backline for the defending champions.
Against France, Low chose no traditional striker as the focal point of his 3-4-3 approach, with Serge Gnabry, Kai Havertz and Thomas Muller in the lead.
Muller is a former Golden Boot World Cup winner, but his game is about his movement and ability to find space rather than true scoring prowess.
Werner is probably similar in this approach although he also has a decent goalscoring record with Germany, but the Chelsea player will inject some pace into the attack which, combined with Gnabry or Leroy Sane, will force Portugal to defend more deeply or get exposed by fast counters.
Despite the 3-0 score against Hungary, Portugal also flattered to cheat in their opener. They only scored in the 84th minute and struggled to collapse in Hungary.
Saturday’s game promises to be much more open, especially as Germany cannot afford to lose many more points if they are to come out of the “Group of Death”.
Ahead of Euro 2020, Werner received a vote of confidence from German legend Lothar Matthaus, who believes he is becoming an even greater threat to the club and the country.
“He was Chelsea’s top scorer, no one has scored more goals for Chelsea,” Matthaus told the Daily mail.
“This player did not wear the No 9 and played there every weekend like Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku or Robert Lewandowski.
“Give the player the chance to play there every Saturday or Sunday and Werner will score over 20 Premier League goals. He did so in Leipzig, 28 goals and second in the Bundesliga behind Lewandowski.
âBut he always plays with his heart, giving the best of himself, running right, left and backwards.
“The problem is, he came from Germany in the Premier League and it’s different football, different language and mentality, different media.
âA lot of things were completely new for the guy. But with Thomas Tuchel he is regaining the confidence he previously had in Leipzig.
“I see he’s missing chances but he’s playing as well and he’s been Chelsea’s top scorer!”
With Germany creating so few chances against France, Low surely has no choice but to change his approach against Portugal.
Werner’s departure would give Die Mannschaft a new dimension in attack and give Werner a chance to show Chelsea fans, and the world, that he can score goals at the highest level.