Hasselbaink and Wright say Timo Werner isn't as 'lethal' as left winger
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Ian Wright said £53million Chelsea striker Timo Werner should operate in the centre despite Frank Lampard’s plan to use him as a left inside forward.
The 4-1 win over Sheffield United on Saturday was the third time in a row the 24-year-old started on the left for the Blues.
And it wasn’t without success. Werner bagged four goals in those three games, including a thumping finish against Sheffield United.
However two iconic Premier League strikers, Wright and Hasselbaink, were not convinced by the Germany international’s performance on the left flank despite his goal.
“He knows where the back of the net is,” Hasselbaink told Premier League Productions (via the Metro).
“I like him in the centre of the pitch. In the centre, that’s where he’s lethal.
“When he’s coming from the left, he doesn’t have that technique of beating players and being clever.
“When he plays on that shoulder, he’s lethal.”
Wright backed Hasselbaink’s argument, saying: “I totally agree with that simply because if he was to stay there in the width of the 18-yard box.
“When you’ve got Ziyech and Kai Havertz and Mason Mount, you’ve got all these players, you don’t need to do too much in and around those other places.”
The Arsenal legend believes that Werner would get more opportunities if he stays central.
“Even that one Ziyech made where he played it over the goalkeeper and it went wide. He should have done better with it, but him being down the middle is going to be dangerous.,” he added.
Lampard, however, has previously spoken about his plan to use Werner on the left.
To be fair, the Chelsea manager hasn’t come out with the idea himself, but after having several chats with Werner.
Having Werner, who likes to drift wide to the left anyway, as a No.9 would mean Chelsea will often lack the presence in the penalty box.
With three accomplished crossers in the team – Hakim Ziyech, Reece James, and Ben Chilwell – it’s easy to see why Lampard wants an out-and-out striker like Tammy Abraham or Olivier Giroud up front.