Premier League

Why Man Utd were interested in Werner - his numbers v Rashford & Martial

The German is bound for Stamford Bridge, with the Blues having grabbed a hell of a goalscorer

 
3:10pm on Friday 5th June 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

If everything goes to plan, Timo Werner will join Chelsea at the start of the 2020/21 season.

With terms agreed between the Premier League side and RB Leipzig, all that is left is the player negotiating personal terms and the deal will be done. That deal, when it happens, will be a magnificent one for the Blues.

Werner, at 24, is heading into the prime years of his career, and is in the middle of a fabulous season with Leipzig, having scored 25 goals in 28 appearances so far, with only the goalscoring talents of Robert Lewandowski eclipsing in Germany.

24 yrs - F (C), AM (L) - RB Leipzig
92
Defending
Creative
Passing
Attacking
Shooting
Decisive
Aerials
Physical
JavaScript chart by amChartsLDefendingCreativePassingAttackingShootingDecisiveAerialsPhysical10-10-5051015100%
2400
Played matches
29
25
7
Shots P90
4.09
Shots On target P90
2.14
Successful passing %
76%
Final third passes P90
15.60

It looked like Werner would be Liverpool-bound to play under compatriot Jurgen Klopp, but the Reds have been usurped to his services by their league rivals, who have already secured another exciting signing in Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.

Manchester United were also very much in the mix, having spoken to the player back in February, and it's obvious why.

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial's patchy form means United's goal per game rate is down on 17/18 and 18/19 when Romelu Lukaku was there, and not only do their individual numbers pale in comparison to Werner, but their combined efforts barely make it past the standards of the German.

WERNER v RASHFORD AND MARTIAL

League performance - 19/20

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StatWernerRashfordMartialRashford +Martial
G+A32181432
NON-PEN GOALS P900.830.430.530.96
ASS P900.260.190.140.33
NON-PEN CONT P901.090.620.671.29
SHOTS P904.13.52.9n/a
BIG CHANCES CREATE12459
NON-PEN xG P900.710.470.330.80
xA P900.320.150.190.34
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The numbers for Rashford and Martial are just not elite when penalties are removed from the equation - indeed Rashford just makes it inside the Top 60 players in Europe’s Top Five Leagues for Non-Pen Contributions P90.

When focusing specifically on the Premier League, only Manchester City's Sergio Aguero surpasses Werner's Non-Pen Contributions P90.

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