What Timo Werner's loan implies for Tottenham's foreign players ahead of any January additions


Here, we examine Tottenham's non-homegrown player count in light of Timo Werner's upcoming loan arrival from RB Leipzig. 

Ange Postecoglou plans to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig to strengthen his Tottenham team. 

The Lilywhites are in serious need of bolstering their center-back corps, so amid all the conjecture around a move for Genoa star Radu Dragusin, the news of Werner's loan move caught many off guard on Saturday morning.

In the summer of 2022, the German goalkeeper returned to his previous club RB Leipzig on a permanent basis after two disappointing seasons with Chelsea in the Premier League. 

The 27-year-old's minutes have dried up this season after a successful debut campaign back at Red Bull Arena, where he recorded 16 goals and six assists in 40 appearances across all competitions. 

Spurs were able to settle on a loan agreement for the German international for the balance of the season as a result. At the end of the current season, football.london knows that there will be a chance to make the move permanent for a cost of no more than £15.5 million.

Werner, who has the speed and energy to press up front and can play both from the left and as a center striker, could end up being a very wise addition for Postecoglou. 

Due to Son Heung-min's involvement at the Asian Cup, Tottenham is currently lacking in attack. However, Werner's upcoming arrival could be a deciding factor come May as the squad looks to finish in the top four.

After Werner signs a contract at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Spurs supporters will be hoping that a few more players arrive before Thursday, February 1 at 11 p.m., when the transfer window closes. 

What does the German's impending arrival actually signify for Tottenham's foreign players as they plan their other acquisitions before the end of the month? Below, football.london looks.

The Lilywhites will have to provide the Premier League with an updated 25-man roster for the second half of the season when the transfer window closes. As usual, teams are limited to naming 17 non-homegrown players on the list; the remaining players, up to a maximum of 25, must be homegrown.