TIMO WERNER

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NICKNAME: Turbo Timo – he’s been clocked at 11.1 sec­onds over 100m. COMPARED TO: Mario Gomez – as he’s also a Stuttgart youth prod­uct – and Le­ices­ter’s Jamie Vardy due to his re­lent­less en­ergy. THEY SAID: Fel­low Ger­many front­man San­dro Wag­ner: “I’ve never seen such a good striker at that age.’’ THE STORY SO FAR: He scored 21 Bun­desliga goals last sea­son af­ter join­ing RB Leipzig from Stuttgart – only Gerd Muller and Di­eter Muller have scored more be­fore the age of 22. Prepar­ing for his first sea­son in the Champions League, hav­ing won the Golden Boot at the 2017 Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup in Rus­sia. That has maybe be­gun to al­ter opin­ions of the striker – he was whis­tled by Ger­many’s sup­port­ers against San Marino a month ear­lier, partly be­cause of a dive at home to Schalke last De­cem­ber. “I have to be care­ful not to get her­pes to­mor­row, I’m so up­set,” Schalke’s goal­keeper Ralf Fahrmann said at the time. DID YOU KNOW? Werner’s fa­ther is Gun­ther Schuh – no, not the one out of Friends (above left), but the for­mer Stuttgarter Kick­ers striker. LINKED WITH: Liver­pool dur­ing the close-sea­son. “If you were to play at An­field and hear the fans sing You’ll Never Walk Alone, it’d be some­thing spe­cial,” Werner said this year. “But I feel at home at Leipzig right now.”

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