Antonio Rudiger compared Chelsea new boy Timo Werner to Jamie Vardy whilst revealing his own role in luring the striker to Stamford Bridge.
Timo Werner will line-up for Chelsea next season after agreeing to a five-year contract, subject to a medical. He will complete his €50m move from RB Leipzig in July once the Bundesliga season ends.
Blues boss Frank Lampard was keen to ease the burden on Tammy Abraham up front for next season by bringing in a proven scorer like Werner.
The 24-year-old has lit up the scoring charts in this season’s Bundesliga, scoring 26 goals in 33 games. It’s made him one of the most exciting young prospects, with Chelsea fans hopeful of great things.
And now Rudiger suggests there are similarities between Werner and the Premier League’s leading goalscorer Vardy through the way they use their pace to capitalise on mistakes from opponents.
“He’s a really big threat to defenders,” the German told Chelsea TV.
“RB Leipzig is a more counter-attacking team but in terms of attacking the defensive line, he’s similar to Vardy. He has a lot of pace and if the defender makes a mistake and loses the ball, then he goes!”
On Werner’s personality, Rudiger said: “I would say he’s a quiet, humble guy, always ready to do better.
“I hope he adapts very quickly when he comes because as we all know this competition is different than others.”
Liverpool were firm favourites to sign Werner for several months before Chelsea pipped them to the German’s signature, with a helping hand from Rudiger.
“I did speak to him before because we have known each other for a long time,” said the defender.
“We spoke a lot during the lockdown and he told me he was interested in coming to England. Of course, then I did my bit, what I had to do.”
Rudiger added: “Like everyone, I’m very excited that he’s chosen Chelsea and I’m looking forward to working with him.
“I’ve known him since he was 17 and he did very good in the past few years. He can be very important for us.”