Interestingly, Flick took some time to discuss one of the hot-button topics surrounding Die Mannschaft: The roster’s lack of a true “target man” at striker.
“I don’t see a real central striker in the German market,” said Flick (as captured by Tz). “There are Serge Gnabry and Timo Werner up front — they are anything but center forwards that we usually know.”
What makes this so interesting is that Flick reportedly wanted Bayern Munich to bring in Werner before the former RB Leipzig star signed with Chelsea. So what does this quote tell us? We can assume that Flick might have had ideas about Werner being a “jack-of-all-trades”-type player if he had landed at Bayern Munich.
If Flick does not see Werner as a permanent solution at striker, it is possible he had ideas with using Werner as a wing/wide forward or even in a role like Thomas Muller plays behind Robert Lewandowski. Werner as a future Raumdeuter? Interesting.
Whatever the case, Flick could not convince the Bayern Munich board to bring in Werner and now the 24-year-old will try to prove his mettle in the Premier League.
A funny note to this story, however, is who Flick offered up as a potential solution at the “9” to his old boss Joachim Löw. The candidate is already a fixture at Säbener Strasse and has a long track record of success playing in front of the net.
“I have another one here,” said Flick as he looked over at his prospective suggestion to Löw during his press conference. “If he trains for six weeks, Miro Klose might play again. But I need him here.”