Boateng backs Werner to shine

After a “up and down” season at Chelsea, Jerome Boateng believes Timo Werner will “display who he truly is” at Euro 2020.

Following his £47.5 million transfer from Leipzig to Chelsea last summer, much was anticipated of Werner at Stamford Bridge, but he did not adjust to English football as swiftly as fans wanted.

The 25-year-old struggled to replicate the prolific form in front of goal he showed at Red Bull Arena, but still played a key role in the Blues’ run to Champions League glory and Boateng expects to see him back to his best for Germany at the European Championships.

The Bayern Munich defender won’t be alongside Werner at the tournament after being omitted from Joachim Low’s squad, but he is sure that his compatriot will be “hungry” to add more silverware to his collection.

“Timo has changed country, club, playing in a new league,” Boateng told BILD. “It is not so easy. Nonetheless, he scored his goals, provided assists, was present, went through a hollow and came out and now he’s the Champions League winner.”

“For me, it has been a positive season with the usual ups and downs. It makes him bigger and stronger and he learns from it.

“At the Euros, we will see another Timo Werner, a hungry Timo. A Timo with more arrogance, because he has just won the Champions League. It carries you. He will show who he really is.”

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