Chelsea star Timo Werner has labelled Romelu Lukaku as “one of the best” and believes he can benefit from playing alongside the Belgian.
A £97.5million fee has been agreed with Inter Milan and the 28-year-old is expected to be announced as a Chelsea player once again later this week.
Lukaku’s arrival has led some to question the role of Werner at Stamford Bridge this season, particularly given the German’s struggles in front of goal last term.
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But Werner is adamant that Lukaku’s arrival will not only benefit the team but him as an individual, with his best displays for former club RB Leipzig coming while playing with a “big striker”.
“He’s probably one of the best three striker’s in the world at the moment,” Werner told Sky Sports.
“There is no question about that, I don’t think we need to say too much about him. He’s a world-class striker who would benefit any team.
“I certainly think at Leipzig that it always helped me having a big striker alongside me.
“I think that’s always good because I’m not the biggest and when you play upfront on your own, you always have the attention of one or two defenders.
“It’s a good new weapon to have in our game when you know that if you play a long ball, he will hold it up.
“And then the fast players around him can the set off- I think that’s good for any team.”
Lukaku’s return to Stamford Bridge will raise expectations and Werner recently told the Chelsea FC website that the aim for the coming campaign is more silverware, with the Champions League and Premier League the two coveted prizes.
He said: “We want to win a title; it doesn’t matter which one.”
“The best thing would be the Champions League again, but also the Premier League is a big target. One of those titles is our target.
“For me individually it is to score maybe a little bit more than last year, which was not the best thing, but to keep going and to help the team as much as I can with assists and scoring.”