Timo Werner says he feels like a more complete centre-forward since joining Chelsea in the summer, with the physical nature of the Premier League adding to his game and making him a more ‘robust’ player.
The 24-year-old striker had a slow start at Chelsea following his £47million move from Leipzig but has since hit his stride and scored seven goals in his last seven appearances in all competitions.
Werner’s red-hot form in front of goal has been integral to the Blues’ recent success, with Frank Lampard’s men winning four games on the bounce before the international break.
It’s clear Werner is beginning to adjust to the style of English football and the forward believes this is only going to benefit him and, in turn, the German national side.
‘In England people play a lot of long balls, it’s a bit different style of play than here in the national team,’ he said at a press conference ahead of Germany’s Nations League clash with Ukraine.
‘I’ve become more robust myself because I have to deal with so many robust opponents.
‘That also helps me with the national team.’
Asked whether he’s concerned about his current workload, Werner replied: ‘I’m not worried about that.
‘I shouldn’t have played against Burnley (when he came in for Christian Pulisic at the last minute) but the coaches are already making sure that you get your breaks.
‘I’m still very young and don’t worry about that.
‘If I only play 20 minutes on a weekend, then you recharge your batteries.
‘So it was really good for me that Jogi Low gave me a break against the Czech Republic.
‘It’s a strange and exhausting time but the fun of football means I want to play every game.’
Werner said he had experienced no problems with the language barrier since swapping Leipzig for Chelsea.
‘My English is okay but not perfect,’ he added.
‘I understand everything the manager wants from me.
‘I have even been widely praised that my English has improved significantly in the last two months.’