With Timo Werner joining Chelsea, Newcastle United may have an easier path to signing a striker.
After rumors of a deal being completed, Chelsea announced today that they have signed RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner. While there was very little chance that the German striker would join Newcastle United, his move to the Blues does help the Magpies in their search for a new striker this summer.
With Werner, Chelsea will have four first-team strikers as he joins Tammy Abraham, Michy Batshuayi, and Olivier Giroud. This season, Abraham has been the clear-cut, first-choice striker this summer with Batshuayi and Giroud playing supporting roles. Newcastle United have been linked with both The Batsman and the French veteran striker in the past and they could now acquire one of those players at a discounted rate.
Both players have contracts that run through next summer, Giroud extended his deal last month, and could be quality additions for the Magpies. Batshuayi is the younger option and he’s featured more this season. But, he is the more expensive option. On the other hand, Giroud is 33 years old and has a more proven track record.
Batshuayi is more mobile and would combine well with the attacking play of Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron. Giroud is more power than pace, unlikely to thrive in a counter-attacking style.
Newcastle United will definitely be in the market for a striker this summer. With Werner and Abraham assuming the primary striking role for the Blues, Batshuayi or Giroud should be open to a move to Tyneside, something that hasn’t been the case for The Batsman.