Chelsea target Timo Werner once asked to be subbed off because of crowd noise


RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner looks like he could be heading to Chelsea this summer.

It was long assumed that the German would be completing a move to Premier League champions in waiting Liverpool, but the Reds have reportedly pulled out of an approach on financial grounds.

And according to the Telegraph, Werner has agreed to a contract with Chelsea valued at around £200,000-a-week after they activated his release clause of £53 million.

It looks to be a shrewd purchase - helped in no small part by funds from Alvaro Morata's exit - especially considering Werner's form this season with 25 goals in 29 Bundesliga games.

Chelsea had been hampered by a transfer ban when Frank Lampard first took over as manager, but Werner's arrival combined with that of Hakim Ziyech would be a serious statement.

When Werner was forced off vs Besiktas

However, if there's one thing that Chelsea should be wary of, it's the fact that Werner has a bizarre condition that once forced him off the pitch after 32 minutes in a Champions League game.

The incident came during RB Leipzig's trip to Besiktas, who have some of the most passionate fans in the game and the noise they produced posed a real problem for Werner.

The Guardian reported at the time that Werner had to be withdrawn 'due to the intense noise created by the home supporters' having initially asked for earplugs to try and keep playing.


Werner's struggle with vertigo

The club explained that Werner had suffered from 'circulatory problems' and dizziness, though he was confirmed to be feeling better shortly after the 2-0 defeat in Turkey.

Fan footage and professional photographs caught Werner holding his hands up to his ears, visibly struggling with the effect the noise was having on his body.

The Sun have explained that Werner suffers from vertigo and his withdrawal was down to the crippling extent of his condition. 

Manager at the time Ralph Hassenhuttl remarked: “He asked to come off so I took him off. “It is impossible to prepare your team for an atmosphere like this. There was a deafening noise [and] at the start of the game we were a bit affected.

“For me, as coach, it is important to see who I can rely on in moments like these, who is prepared to defend himself against what is going on on the pitch. To encounter such an atmosphere was too much for some.”


So, how will he cope in the Premier League? It goes without saying that Besiktas' atmosphere is somewhat abnormal, but English fans are some of the most passionate in the business.

Let's just hope for his sake that he can handle 'You'll Never Walk Alone' when and if he comes up against the club that could have signed him.

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