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Timo Werner, who made his Tottenham Hotspur debut, is drawing attention.
Tottenham drew 2-2 with Manchester United in the 21st round of the 2023-24 English Premier League at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on the 15th.
As the final score indicates, the two teams fought a tight battle. The first goal came in the third minute of the first half. Manchester United's Marcus Rashford drove the ball into the Tottenham box. Here, the Tottenham defense competed, and a protruding ball connected to Rasmus Hoyleun in the back. Hoyleun calmly made the angle of the shot, and then cut into the net for Tottenham, guarded by Guglielmo Vicario with a powerful left-footed shot.
Tottenham, which conceded the first goal, quickly attempted a counterattack and equalized the score in the 19th minute. Tottenham scored a corner kick and Hisharlisson, who was in front of the goal, turned the ball between the Manchester United defenders when they scored a cross from Pedro Porro as a kicker. This goal has boosted Hisharlisson's momentum, having scored six goals in his last six games. The two teams have balanced the score at 1-1.
In the 37th minute, there was a dizzying scene. Rashford scored a sharp cross towards Hoyleun from the left side. However, after the ball passed Hoyleun's head, it was directed to Udo-ki in the back. Udo-ki attempted a header to clear the ball, but it rather hit Tottenham's post. It was a dizzying moment for Tottenham.
Then, three minutes later, the two teams were out of balance. In the 40th minute of the first half, Rashford scored Tottenham's goal with a low and accurate shot after Hoyleun exchanged a 2-1 pass near the left side of the box. It was a sharp shot for the empty corner, and Vicario could not help it. United took the lead again with this goal.
Tottenham threatened Manchester United's goal based on a counterattack using Werner. Two minutes after conceding the extra goal, Werner attempted a sharp shot with a Manchester United defender in front of him. However, the shot was slightly off Manchester United's goal. The two teams finished the first half with United leading 2-1.
Rodrigo Bentancur scored an equalizer at the start of the second half. After Werner caught the ball from the left side, he passed it to Bentancur, who penetrated the box, and Bentancur took a decisive opportunity to make use of the ball's texture. He then cut United's net with a powerful shot. Werner scored one assist in his debut for Tottenham. Since then, no more goals have been scored, and the two teams have shared a point each.
As soon as he transferred after the game, attention was focused on Werner, who made his Tottenham debut. Werner is a striker who came on loan from Leipzig on the 10th. Tottenham urgently found a new striker in this transfer market. Son Heung-min had to find a replacement for Son Heung-min as soon as possible. Son Heung-min will be away from Tottenham for more than a month to participate in the Asian Cup of 2023 Qatar, which opened on the 12th. Currently, Son Heung-min is sweating hard to win the Asian Cup with his teammates of the Korean national team led by coach Jürgen Klinsmann.
Naturally, Tottenham is not happy with Son's absence. Son has scored 12 goals in the Premier League alone this season, tying with Dominic Solanke (AFC Bournemouth) for third place in goalscoring. He has also successfully led Tottenham as captain.
Son Heung-min's absence is very difficult for Tottenham. In the end, Tottenham quickly found a new striker and selected Werner.
However, there were doubts about Werner. Werner was the best striker in Leipzig until 2020. Based on his fast speed, penetration capability and strong scoring ability, he ranked second in scoring goals with 28 goals at the German Bundesliga in the 2019-20 season. Werner joined Chelsea in 2020 and made the Premier League stage based on such performance. At that time, Chelsea invested 47.5 million pounds (78.6 billion won) in Werner's transfer fee.
However, Werner did not live up to Chelsea's expectations. Werner played a total of 89 games as a member of Chelsea F.C., scoring 23 goals and 21 assists. Due to his poor positioning, he was frequently caught offside and his scoring ability was also not up to expectations.
In the end, Werner chose to return to Leipzig in the summer of 2022. In the first season after his return, he scored 16 goals in a total of 40 matches. However, he was pushed back from the starting lineup this season as he faced a strong competitor.
Lois Oppenda, the new starting member of Leipzig, has scored 15 goals in 26 matches in all competitions this season. Werner, on the other hand, has only scored two goals in 14 matches. Naturally, Werner became a resource beyond his capacity, and Premier League clubs including Tottenham, Manchester United, and Aston Villa immediately expressed interest in recruiting Werner.
And Werner succeeded in joining Tottenham. However, he had many doubts due to his poor performance in the past at the same time as his transfer. Meanwhile, he quickly made his Tottenham debut through a match against Manchester United in the absence of Son Heung-min.
Werner took his first shot in the 10th minute of the first half. He got a cross from the right and connected it with a header in front of the goal, but he was blocked by the opponent's defense. Then, at the 22nd minute of the first half, he drove the ball into the center from near the left side of the box and attempted a powerful right-footed shot. However, Werner's shot flew high above the goal. Soccer fans were shocked when they saw him. At the 43rd minute, he threatened Manchester United's goal with a sharp shot.
Later, he assisted Bentancur's equalizer in the first minute of the second half, and attempted a volley shot after receiving a direct cross from a corner kick in the 13th minute of the second half. However, the ball slightly missed the goal. Werner replaced Brian Hill in the 35th minute of the second half and finished the game.
After the match, football statistics magazine Footmob gave Werner a 7.1 rating. It was the fourth lowest score on Tottenham's selection list. He recorded one assist, but his other performances were disappointing. According to Footmob, Werner attempted a total of five shots on the day, but failed to record a single shot on goal. The pass success rate was observed. He succeeded 32 out of a total of 35 passes, recording a 91 percent pass success rate. In addition, there were a total of 46 ball touches, and 10 ball touches in the opponent's box. The dribble success rate was 0%. There was one attempt, but it failed.
Werner left his impression on the match on his social networking service (SNS) after the match. Werner mentioned, "We wanted more. But we played well, and we are very happy to make our debut for Tottenham."
Tuesday, January 16, 2024