Owen compares Timo Werner to former Chelsea flop

Michael Owen has hailed Chelsea for making a move to sign Timo Werner and has compared the Germany international with Fernando Torres.

Torres moved to Stamford Bridge in January 2011 after making clear his desire to leave Anfield following a hugely successful career with Liverpool.

But the Spain striker never recaptured the form that made him one of the world’s most feared centre-forwards, with Chelsea getting only 20 Premier League goals in three and a half seasons from their record signing.

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And Owen thinks Werner – who is reportedly set to join the Blues over the summer once they have activated his release clause – has similar abilities to those Torres possessed during his career.

Owen told Premier League Productions: “They’re great numbers aren’t they? And he’s not playing in a poor league. The Bundesliga is a very strong league and you would say that he can translate that.

“He does it at international level as well. I’ve been watching him quite closely since the restart and he’s already started scoring goals, he’s very quick, can cut in from wide, times his runs brilliantly and he’s very direct as well, straight at the goal, a bit like Torres.

“I don’t think he plays exactly the same but I always used to feel that Torres would take that first touch and then be motoring forward. I like him a lot.

“I’m sure Liverpool wanted him but maybe the financial implications and where we’re standing in the world at the moment put them off… but I’m pretty sure they wanted him.”

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