Owen Hargreaves believes Timo Werner does not make Chelsea’s best eleven, at least for now, as he highlighted the “chemistry” between their attacking players in the 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
It is easy to see that Chelsea’s front three and the two wing-backs combined really well at Selhurst Park.
In his post-match interview, Christian Pulisic also spoke about his attacking partnership with Kai Havertz, describing the Germany international as a “fun guy to play with”.
And this chemistry is what convinced Hargreaves that, aside from one change, the starting line-up for Saturday’s win is Thomas Tuchel’s best eleven for now.
“These guys look like that had something,” the former England international told Premier League Productions after the game (via Optus Sport).
“And I think if [N’Golo] Kante comes in instead of Jorginho, that’s going to be his best team for a while.”
Unsurprisingly, Hargreaves was questioned about the exclusion of Werner.
After all, the former RB Leipzig ace has played more Premier League games than any other Chelsea player (29 league appearances) aside from Mason Mount.
“Timo is a really good player, but he looks like he’s struggling with confidence,” he explained.
“[While] these guys there, they look like they gel, like they’re connected.
“[Ben] Chilwell and Pulisic [on the left], [Callum] Hudson-Odoi and Mount [on the right], and Havertz is kind of linking them all together.
“So when it works, you’ve got to let the boys do it and figure it out more.
“Timo, I think he’s been unlucky, and he’ll come good, but these guys look like they have chemistry right now.”
Obviously, there are also a few other names such as Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen who missed out on the game due to suspension and an injury, respectively, and deserve to be in the discussion.
Tuchel has also hinted at less rotation among the front line which suggests that he has made up his mind about his preferred front three.
If Pulisic, in particular, can maintain his positive run, then of course he deserves to keep his spot ahead of Werner.
The only thing that might be an issue for the American is his injury record and that the manager might want to limit his workload because of that.