Timo Werner has departed from RB Leipzig with a point to prove: he is still good enough for the highest level of professional football.
Returning to the Premier League with Tottenham, Werner made his debut appearance less than one week after signing. His first game against Manchester United was a well-played cameo, but there are still some areas where the German forward could improve.
Here's his performance by the numbers. In his 80 minutes at Old Trafford, Werner completed 35 passes, put 5 shots on goal, won three corners, and assisted Rodrigo Bentancur's second-half equalizer.
All in all, Werner couldn't have been asked to do much more after playing a bit-part role under Marco Rose at Leipzig. Completing 80 minutes after barely playing across six months is no small feat.
Of course, with Werner, fans will always be frustrated by some of his numbers, or rather, the lack thereof. He is still missing wide-open looks when he is through on goal.
There was one sequence where Oliver Skipp hit a magnificent long pass to Werner on the left flank, allowing the German international to get space past Diogo Dalot, but he hit his shot wide. Then came a great volley chance off a corner that he hit over the bar.
Werner showed flashes of what Ange Postecoglou can hopefully unlock. He seemed to work well with Richarlison, who has now scored six goals in the last six league games. Werner is clearly eager to impress Postecoglou early, and that assist to Bentancur will certainly help him win over more playing time.
He may not put away a ton of goals, but as we have seen, Spurs score as a unit now. Goals are coming from everywhere. If Werner can set up a few goals here and there while providing the occasional assist, it will be exactly the type of performance that Postecoglou wants out of each of the players in his group.