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Timo Werner's Ear Condition Could Cause Him Problems In The Premier League

Timo Werner's Ear Condition Could Cause Him Problems In The Premier League

Chelsea's new signing Timo Werner suffers from an ear condition that could impact his spell in the Premier League.

It was confirmed on Thursday that Frank Lampard's side have completed a deal to sign Werner from RB Leipzig for a fee of £47.5 million, a transfer that has been widely approved by fans and pundits alike - and for good reason.

The German striker has been in terrific form this season, scoring 25 goals in 29 Bundesliga games, as well as four times in eight Champions League outings.

Werner will no doubt strengthen Chelsea's current line-up but the noise of Premier League crowds may disrupt his matchday experience.

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In the past, Werner has struggled with hostile atmospheres.

Back in 2017, when RB Leipzig took on Besiktas in the Champions League, the German striker was substituted because of the intense noise created by home fans inside the Vodafone Park stadium.

Despite asking for ear plugs shortly after kick-off to try and stop the effects, Werner suffered from 'circulatory problems and dizziness' and was replaced after just 31 minutes.

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As you can see in the clip below, Werner can be seen holding his hands to his ears as he struggles with the conditions.

After the match, Ralph Hasenhuttl, who was manager of RB Leipzig at the time, said Werner struggled during his short time on the pitch.

"He asked to come off so I took him off," he said. "It is impossible to prepare your team for an atmosphere like this. There was a deafening noise [and] at the start of the game we were a bit affected.

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"For me, as coach, it is important to see who I can rely on in moments like these, who is prepared to defend himself against what is going on on the pitch. To encounter such an atmosphere was too much for some."

Werner himself confirmed the situation to Turkish reporters after the full-time whistle.

"I have never seen such an atmosphere in my life," he said. "I could not focus on the match. I asked for a headset, and it did not help either. I still do not feel well."

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Whether he will be able cope with the noise of Premier League crowds is obviously unclear, but Werner is certainly going to experience some intense atmospheres in the coming months.

Topics: Football News, Chelsea, Football, Timo Werner

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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