Timo Werner was very impressive in his Premier League debut. The striker led the Chelsea line brilliantly against Brighton, and while he didn't score himself, he made a major contribution to his team's attack.
Having starred in Germany over the last couple of years, it will be interesting to see if he can bring that form to his new club on a consistent basis.
He has long been linked with a move to England, but it wasn't Chelsea that were the name mentioned most frequently. However, he was convinced to join the London side.
Speaking to The Athletic, Werner reveals how a conversation with Frank Lampard helped him decide on a move to Chelsea.
He called me and we talked about his idea of football and his idea of how the way the team would look like.
It all sounded good to me, especially the way he talked to me. It wasn’t like, ‘I’m the coach and I want you. Please come!’
He was very relaxed, asking me how I saw things, how I felt about playing here or there. And I was able to voice my opinion as well. He listened.
In many aspects, we were in close agreement. He wants to play a pressing game, taking the game to the opposition, with quick transitions but to be good in possession as well.
He said, ‘Timo, you will be free to make the right moves on the pitch, I trust you.’ It was a very good conversation.
Many assumed that Werner would end up at Liverpool this season.
The German was thought to be keen on a move to Anfield, but the coronavirus pandemic seemed to cool the club's interest.
The player admits there was a chance he could have ended up at Liverpool, but felt that Chelsea were a better fit.
In another world, it could have happened. If LFC call, you have to listen and think about it.
They are one of the best teams on the world, with a super coach — a German coach to boot.
Of course you think about that. But in the end, my decision went Chelsea’s way. Not because there was anything wrong with Liverpool. But at Chelsea, the whole package was a better fit for me.