Chelsea reject is now the Bundesliga's top scorer

Weserstadion exterior night - Werder Bremen

Franco Di Santo has had an excellent start to the season for Werder Bremen.

In the summer of 2012 Franco Di Santo turned down the opportunity to remain a Wigan Athletic player - and became one of a few key players to leave the DW Stadium on a free transfer.

Di Santo is many things as a striker. Hard working, an excellent hold up man and a good foil for a pacy strike partner - but a lethal goal-scorer he has never been.

However his excellent attributes have seen him play for the Argentina national team and of course attracted Chelsea to sign from Audax Italiano of Chile in 2008.

Despite being dubbed the ‘next Hernan Crespo’ it never happened at Chelsea for the youngster. But the 24-year-old found his place at Wigan - which proved the stepping stone to a Bundesliga move to Werder Bremen.

But despite his reputation as more of a hold up man than a goalscorer things are changing for the Argentine. He is in top form at the moment for Werder Bremen.

In fact, he is the Bundesliga's joint top scorer with Mario Gotze, Shinji Okazaki and Alexander Meier - after scoring six goals from the opening ten games of the season.

To put that in perspective Di Santo's previous best goal return in a league is seven. That has happened three times. Twice with Audax Italiano and once with Wigan.

Not long into the current campaign and the 25-year-old is already looking like leapfrogging his previous best.

Now Bremen are having to fight teams off the signature of the former Chelsea player.

The club's general manager Thomas Elchin told Bild:

"We are not interested in selling Franco Di Santo ahead of next season. We would like to work long-term with Franco.

“We will definitely talk to him about the future when we have a chance and try to work out a new deal.

“I am not surprised he is scoring a lot of goals. I always knew he was a deadly striker.”

For many it is not a surprise to see Di Santo doing well. His natural talent was always there to see, but without goals to go alongside it that is often missed.

Di Santo is making sure he is not missed any more.

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