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Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov insists Chelsea’s latest signing Timo Werner isn’t a player of the stature of Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi and that Chelsea’s hopes of becoming Premier League title challengers is premature.
“Timo Werner was strongly connected to Liverpool but he has chosen Chelsea instead,” Berbatov told Betfair.
“There are a number of players linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge and it looks as though he is going to be somebody’s replacement.
“It will be a whole new experience for Werner, he is going to see that the Premier League is different to the Bundesliga and I’m curious to see how he will fit into the Chelsea team.
“I think if Willian leaves the club the young German will be an excellent replacement. Both players are really sharp, really quick, and they can both be strong on the counter attack.
“The only thing that Werner will need to work on is playing in tight spaces because in the Premier League he will play against teams that put 10 men behind the ball so there won’t be a lot of space for him to use his speed. I’m looking forward to seeing how he reacts to this environment.
“The Bundesliga is a little bit stricter about fouls, so the physical side of the game could also be a challenge for him, especially when you play against Sheffield United. They don’t care who you are, they go strong into their challenges. On the other hand his speed and sharpness can be a real bonus for him and his new team.
“Werner is moving to a bigger club, to play in one of the best leagues in the world. It’s a logical next step for him. He will already know a lot about the Premier League, he will know what the football is like and he will certainly know when he starts playing.
“In this situation there are two scenarios: everything will click straight away, he’ll be scoring and assisting like he has been doing for Leipzig, or it will take a bit of time for him to adjust to the Premier League’s speed and physicality.
“I remember when I moved from Germany to the UK I need a month or two to get really used to everything in the league, and that is a process. It’s important for Werner to not be discouraged if he has a couple of bad games in the beginning and keep working hard.
“Chelsea have got their man but I still think they have a lot to do to become a title challenging side. Werner is not Messi or Ronaldo.
“It is a good step in the right direction, though, and Chelsea are probably going to go for other players to bolster their squad, but signing Werner is a good start.”