Ralph Hasenhuttl wary of Timo Werner threat ahead of reunion


Germany international Timo Werner is yet to sign up a top-flight goal.

Ralph Hasenhuttl states Southampton will do whatever possible to extend the “unhappy” start to Premier League life for his former player Timo Werner.

Germany forward Werner is yet to sign up a top-flight goal in 4 appearances since joining Chelsea from RB Leipzig for around ₤ 47million.

Saints boss Hasenhuttl, who takes his side to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, signed the 24-year-old for Bundesliga club Leipzig in 2016 and exposed his one-time protege is only pleased when he discovers the net.

The Austrian thinks Chelsea have actually made a “fantastic signing” however is excited for Werner’s barren run in the league to continue for the time being.

“I know this player very well. I had two fantastic years with him. We brought him in from Stuttgart for small money, if you want, because we knew the game we played in Leipzig was perfect for him,” stated Hasenhuttl.

” The first year was fantastic. He scored huge goals, I think it was 24 in the first season in the Bundesliga and we were vice-champions (runners-up).

” It was a wonderful year, we both enjoyed it a lot. I have actually dealt with a lot of players in my whole handling career– he is absolutely one of the quickest I have actually ever dealt with.

” He is truly hard to protect, he has a wonderfulfinish In the second year, it provided more issues with some injuries.

” He is getting a more total striker now, a much better plan. He discovered a lot last season and is a wonderful finalizing for Chelsea.

“He’s only happy when he scores. Hopefully he’s unhappy after the game – we will do everything to keep him unhappy.”

Werner was on target in midweek when Germany drew 3-3 with Switzerland in the Nations League and also discovered the net during Chelsea’s Carabao Cup tie with Tottenham last month.

He got here during a busy transfer window for the Blues, which also included the finalizings of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, protectors Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva, midfielder Hakim Ziyech, and compatriot Kai Havertz.

Hasenhuttl feels Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has hired an excellent selection of skill and confesses Saints face a more uphill struggle than last season when they won 2-0 in west London on Boxing Day having actually lost the home component 4-1.

“If they wouldn’t be a better team, they would have spent the money for nothing,” he stated.

” Certainly they need to be a much better team than last season since with Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and a couple of other finalizings they have a lot quality now– not only in the assaulting positions however generally there– so usually a team that is prepared to win prizes and titles.

” And in the end for us more hard than last season, possibly.

“We had two different games last season, the first we lost, the second we played fantastically. The level is high. We must reach this level because otherwise it will be difficult to get something.”


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