Summary

  • Werner has netted seven times for table-toppers Leipzig.
  • Stuttgart provided the 20-year-old with a solid base.
  • The records continue to tumble for the player named 'Turbo'.

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is the toast of Saxony these days, the 20-year-old scoring seven Bundesliga goals for the division leaders since his summer move VfB Stuttgart.

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His rapid rise in the game often compared to that of fellow former Die Schwaben graduate Mario Gomez, many are predicting similar glory in the future career of the current Germany Under-21 international. Bundesliga.com imparts ten things about the man sometimes known as 'Turbo.'

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1) Bright beginnings

Born and raised in the Bad Cannstatt district of Stuttgart, Werner – the son of former amateur player and coach Günter Schuh – joined VfB when he was six. Showing plenty of promise as he rose through the club's youth ranks, the forward gained further notoriety when scoring 24 goals for Die Roten's Under-19s in the 2012/13 campaign. He made the step up to Stuttgart's senior side the following season.

2) Stuttgart's youngest

It was on 1 August 2013 that Werner entered the record books as VfB's youngest player to compete in a competitive game. The striker was 17 years, four months and 25 days old when he lined out for Stuttgart in a UEFA Europa League qualifier away to PFC Botev Plovdiv, a game that ended 1-1. Speaking about the talented prospect at that time, Werner's former coach at Stuttgart, Thomas Schneider, said, "He is a full-blooded forward, he's very clever and he races like a train toward the goal." The club's ex-sporting director Fredi Bobic agreed, adding, "He has exceptional skills that are there for all to see."

Werner (left) scored 13 goals in 95 Bundesliga games for VfB Stuttgart.

3) A fondness for Freiburg

Already competing in his fourth season in Germany's top-flight, Werner has scored against eleven different teams during his time in the Bundesliga. SC Freiburg are his favourite opponents with the forward registering five goals in six meetings against the Black Forest club.

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4) Setting new standards

It was also against Freiburg that Werner again set a new record, this time becoming the youngest player to score twice in a Bundesliga game at the age of 17 years and 249 days during Stuttgart’s 3-1 triumph at the Schwarzwald-Stadion on 10 November 2013. He currently holds the records for the youngest player to reach 50 and 100 Bundesliga appearances respectively.

Werner (left) celebrates with Leipzig team-mates Naby Keita and Yussuf Poulsen.

5) VfB devotee

Werner continues to be an avid fan of his former side. After moving away from the club of his formation after suffering relegation last season, the 20-year-old said, "I am VfB through and through but I hope the fans will understand that I want to take this opportunity [at Leipzig]; I have to think about my career." Speaking during the course of the current campaign, Werner said of Stuttgart's Bundesliga promotion push, "As a supporter of the club, you keep your fingers crossed."

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6) Germany goals

Werner blazed a trail through Germany's various international youth teams. The striker enjoyed a sensational start with his nation's Under-15s, scoring a hat-trick on his debut against Poland in 2010. He also struck debut goals for the Under-16s and Under-19s. He was a runner-up at the 2012 UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Slovenia, Germany losing out to the Netherlands in the showpiece.

7) International honours

In 2013, Werner won the Fritz Walter gold medal – an annual award given by the German Football Association to outstanding young players - in the Under-17 category. He was awarded the silver medal in the Under-19 section two years later. Werner scored twice in qualifying as Germany reached the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals, Stefan Kuntz's side enjoying a 100% record en route to Poland.

Werner (no.9) in action for Germany's Under-21s in their 1-0 win in Finland.

8) Simple tastes

Werner recently told the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk that his favourite food to eat at home is Schnitzel mit Spätzle, meat in breadcrumbs with German noodles. In terms of his pre-match superstitions, the 20-year-old likes to study the pitch long before kick-off and later begins his warm-up as soon as possible.

9) Speeding bullet

Due to his blistering pace, Werner was attributed the nickname 'Turbo Timo' by the media when he first exploded onto the scene. He has since been clocked at 11.1 seconds over 100m and told the Köln-based Express, "I sometimes ran up mountains with my father. When I was younger it quickly became clear to me that if you want to become a professional, you have to do more."   

Timo Werner is enjoying good times in Leipzig under coach Ralph Hasenhüttl (right)

10) Pressure off

Werner is revelling in his forward role under coach Ralph Hasenhüttl at Leipzig. Under pressure to produce at a struggling Stuttgart due to his phenomenal start at the club, the striker sometimes failed to inspire, especially when playing in a wider position within a formation that only allowed for one forward. "I feel on top of the world here, it's just great fun," Werner told DFB.de recently. "Leipzig have brought a new element to the Bundesliga and opponents haven't been able to find solutions to our style so easily."