Shooting for the stars: RB Leipzig and Germany forward Timo Werner says he has time on his side as he looks to reach the level of Robert Lewandowski, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann. - © © gettyimages / Robert Michael
Shooting for the stars: RB Leipzig and Germany forward Timo Werner says he has time on his side as he looks to reach the level of Robert Lewandowski, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann. - © © gettyimages / Robert Michael
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"Lewandowski, Suarez and Griezmann world-class, I'm not world-class yet" - RB Leipzig and Germany striker Timo Werner

He's scored 24 Bundesliga goals in the last two seasons and will travel to the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia as Germany's first-choice striker, but RB Leipzig's Timo Werner does not believe that he is in the "world-class" bracket just yet.

"For me, [Robert] Lewandowski, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann are world-class strikers," Werner, 23, told Welt.  "I'm not world-class yet. If I'm honest, I probably need to play for another club to reach world-class level, but I still have four or five years to learn, and to become world-class."

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Not that he's far off. Werner was already the Bundesliga's youngest player to score a brace and reach 50 appearances when he rocked up in Leipzig in summer 2016. The former VfB Stuttgart talent went on to plunder 21 goals that season, ending the campaign as the Bundesliga's highest-scoring German national.

Werner added another 13 to his Bundesliga tally in 2017/18 and netted goals in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. He has also hit seven goals in just 12 senior internationals since making his Germany debut in March 2017.

"He makes life extremely difficult for opposition defenders," said Germany head coach Joachim Löw of the Leipzig tyro last autumn. "He's devastatingly quick on the counter. He's not been part of the national team for long, but what he's done already shows his class."

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