Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has said that Timo Werner needs to fight for his position as striker in the team. The manager was speaking ahead of the West London team’s Premier League game against Aston Villa, and also said that once a player has fought for his position to ‘not give it away’.
Such a proclamation will be yet another wake up call for Werner who has struggled for goals since signing from RB Leipzig. So will the German striker be another Chelsea forward like Tammy Abraham who gets booted out by Tuchel, or does he have what it takes to work alongside the formidable new arrival of Romelu Lukaku?
What’s gone wrong for Werner at Chelsea?
Werner arrived at Stamford Bridge for a $47 million transfer fee in June 2020. He’d previously shown impressive goalscoring form bagging no less than 78 goals in 127 appearances for RB Leipzig.
The 25-year old was brought to Chelsea in a bid to provide the team with a dedicated goalscorer. The French star Olivier Giroud was felt to be entering the twilight years of his career, and Tammy Abraham had proven to be inconsistent in front of goal.
While Werner immediately impressed the Stamford Bridge faithful with his electric pace and skill, his goalscoring touch has often eluded him. With just six goals in 37 appearances, it looks like time may finally be running out for the German forward.
As such, it was little surprise when Chelsea splashed out the big money for Lukaku from Inter Milan this summer. The towering Belgian forward had previously been at Stamford Bridge and it was a joyous return when he scored on his debut against Arsenal.
This has meant that the rumour mill has already gone into motion to suggest Werner could soon be leaving Stamford Bridge. One of the more credible rumours is that the 25-year old might be signing with Bayern Munich this winter.
However, it’s doubtful as to whether Tuchel will let a player of Werner’s pace and quality go so easily. A quick look at the odds for Chelsea winning the Premier League at bookmakers on www.captaingambling.com shows that the team are just behind Manchester City, and Tuchel will be doing all he can to give Chelsea the edge.
Could Werner and Lukaku work alongside each other?
Tuchel’s recent press conference suggested that Werner and Lukaku could actually work together as a ruthless attacking force. The Chelsea boss stated that Lukaku’s physical dominance would make him a perfect foil for Werner who ‘loves to play around a reference up front.’
As such, it’s easy to imagine how the pair could team up like Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min have at Tottenham. But whether Werner has enough goals under his belt to endear himself to the ruthless Tuchel remains to be seen.
Thankfully Chelsea have made a very solid start to their Premier League campaign. A convincing 3-0 home win against Chelsea was followed by a deeply enjoyable 2-0 away victory over Arsenal. However, it was Chelsea’s impressive 1-1 away draw against Liverpool that illustrated that the London club might have what it takes to get the title this time around.
Much has been made in recent years about Chelsea’s ability to throw money around without necessarily getting the results. The current plight of Timo Werner is another indication of this, although the team look to have found a perfect boss in the form of Thomas Tuchel.
All of which shows that the upcoming Premier League and Champions League games will have a massive impact on whether Werner stays at Stamford Bridge. After all, getting a couple of assists is no longer good enough for a Chelsea team that are looking better than they have done since they last picked up the Premier League title back in 2017.