Aston Villa Eyes Timo Werner: January Transfer Speculation?
As they compete for the Premier League crown, the West Midlands team is having the best season in thirty years.
Despite being held to a 1-1 tie by Sheffield United on Friday night, Villa managed to move up to second place between Arsenal and Liverpool, who will play each other on Saturday.
Villa’s performance is further enhanced by the fact that they have accomplished their season’s first goal, which was to advance to the Europa Conference League’s round of 16.
But, it is anticipated that, with the season halfway over, searches for reinforcements will be made in order to remain in the running for both the Premier League and a European trophy.
With creative alternatives from players like Moussa Diaby, Leon Bailey, and Nicolo Zaniolo, as well as competition from Ollie Watkins and Jhon Duran to lead the attack, Unai Emery may reasonably argue that his team is well-stocked in the final third.
However, Emiliano Buendia’s recovery from a significant knee injury will likely take several months, thus Emery will likely need more options.
Football Insider reports that attempts are being made to entice Werner to return to the top division in England.
The 27-year-old’s tenure at Chelsea caused controversy. Although he didn’t always contribute in the way that was anticipated, the adaptable forward scored 10 goals and provided 13 assists in 56 Premier League games—many of which came from the wings or as a substitute.
Werner has dropped a lot in Leipzig’s rankings in his second season back there, seeing only two stars and ten substitute appearances in the Bundesliga and Champions League.
It has been widely rumoured for several weeks now that Leipzig is amenable to a departure, perhaps on loan, and Werner will have no shortage of possibilities when the season resumes in early 2024.
Werner is rumoured to be interested in West Ham United, Fulham, and Crystal Palace, but Villa is prepared to try to recruit a high-profile player as he looks to win awards.
Werner has a point to prove in the Premier League, but it’s now unclear if he would rather be in continental Europe, where there will likely be more opportunities, or back in the Premier League.