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Timo Werner asked about making Spurs move permanent after first goal | Football | Sport

Timo Werner insists now is not the time to be thinking about signing for Tottenham permanently. The German joined on loan from RB Leipzig in January and celebrated his first goal for the Premier League side on Saturday, scoring the equaliser in a 3-1 comeback win against Crystal Palace.

Werner positioned himself well at the back post to tap in Brennan Johnson’s low cross. It was the former Chelsea forward’s first goal in the Premier League since 20 April 2022. He rejoined Leipzig a few months later but had found himself on the fringes of the team this term, leading to his temporary switch to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

And the 27-year-old has made a positive impression so far at Spurs, producing three goal contributions in seven appearances. The north Londoners have an option to buy Werner for around £15million, just four years after Chelsea paid £45m for the pacey attacker.

But Werner insists he is not thinking about joining Ange Postecoglou’s side on a permanent basis at the moment, because he and his team-mates are solely focused on qualifying for the Champions League. The win over Palace, and Aston Villa’s late win over Luton on the same day, keeps Spurs five points behind fourth.

Postecoglou’s team face the Villans next up at Villa Park, though, and also have a game in hand on them. Werner said on his future: “We have so many important games coming up in the next few weeks there’s no need to think about that.

“This was an important result because being in the Champions League places at the end of the season is our big aim. Next week we have a very big game at Aston Villa and, if we win that, we will have a very good chance of reaching our target.”

The 57-cap Germany international added on scoring: “I’m very pleased, very happy, because it was an important one – especially after the big first half chance. I haven’t really felt any pressure to score [a first Spurs goal] because the guys here have made me feel very comfortable from day one.

“They have made it easy for me to focus on playing football, and now I’ve got the first goal done, it’s even better for me. This was a big step for me to get more confidence and hopefully I can take it into our next games.”

Spurs boss Postecoglou said, when asked if Werner’s goal could be a significant moment for the loanee: “I understand that with attacking players goals make them feel better and make them more confident and I guess it relieves the pressure on them a little bit, but like I said just in general I thought he was really aggressive with his running.

“He kept taking on the full-back and I thought apart from the missed chance his general play was really good. Like you say, a goal always helps, it was pleasing for us, and it was an important time in the game and it was great for him to score.”

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