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German Trump Card: 4 Potential Destinations for Timo Werner

There aren't too many top quality German forwards around these days. So the meteoric rise of the youngster, Timo Werner, has somewhat come as a respite for the entire nation. In other to sustain his improbable progress as Deutschland's biggest and brightest stock, Werner may have to ditch RB Leipzig sometime soon.

Whilst the whole country was feasting over Die Mannschaft's historic FIFA World Cup triumph in Brazil, Joachim Low had other thoughts. His mind was centred on how to fill the huge void left by record goalscorer, Miroslav Klose. At that time, only Thomas Muller was close to the veteran in terms of proficiency. Mario Gomez always seemed more like an option B (and might even have seen Sandro Wagner take that role from him), Mesut Özil didn't feel quite at home and Mario Götze peaked at the Maracana.

Now it appears Low's torrid nights may have come to an end all thanks to Leipzig's trump card, Timo Werner. With 21 goals, the Stuttgart native made a telling contribution to his club's barnstorming Bundesliga induction, culminating in a runners-up berth. But more remarkable was his masterclass for his country at the just concluded FIFA Confederations Cup. Like at Leipzig, Werner was a handful for the opposition, needing only a sniff at goal to punish them. His three strikes and two assists were enough to take home the tournament's top scorer accolade.

With legions of clubs courting him, where should the striker go next? That's if he even considers leaving the Red Bull Arena this summer.

1. Bayern Munich

Are there any prolific German forwards who didn't play for Bayern Munich? Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Gerd Muller, Jurgen Klinsmann, Stefan Effenberg, Klose, to mention but a few all made their mark with the five-time Champions League winners. Werner may now have to follow that famous tradition in order to be considered among the greats. With Robert Lewandowski allegedly unhappy at the Allianz Arena, we may likely see the 21-year-old move to the club who has been flirting with him since 2013.

2. Borussia Dortmund

Another top German side capable of swelling Werner's reputation is Borussia Dortmund. Albeit not as reputable as Bayern, Dortmund has proven to be the best destination for emerging talents in Deutschland. Marco Reus, Götze, Lewandowski, more recently Ousmane Dembélé and Christian Pulisic all came through at the club. No wonder many seem to struggle as soon as they leave Westfalenstadion. The prospect of playing alongside some of the best youngsters in the country, tutored by the amazing Peter Bosz could influence Werner's decision. Add to the fact that star forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on his way out of the club.

3. Premier League

The Premier League seemingly hasn't been the best destination for German forwards. Bar Klinsmann and perhaps Lucas Podolski, the rest had disastrous time in England, ultimately plunging back to their homeland. But unlike many others, Werner looks tailor-made for the English top flight; physically strong, fast as lightning and blessed with an incredible skill set. He could just become his country's greatest export to the Premier League. Liverpool is understood to be a keen admirer of the striker. Werner, himself even admitted his love for the Merseyside side. He told Bild:

“If you were to play at Anfield and hear the fans sing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone,’ it would certainly be something special."

4. Real Madrid

If Werner truly wants to be the best, then he has to compete and learn from the very best. And which other team offers the best platform than Real Madrid? Playing alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema will certainly help improve the German's game.

Los Blancos are reportedly interested in Werner who they view as the ideal replacement for the departing Alvaro Morata. Assuming the move to the Santiago Bernabeu eventually materialises, Werner may just usurp Benzema as the first-choice striker, that is if he proves himself.

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