Jason Cundy has claimed he thinks Chelsea are a better team when Timo Werner starts for them.
Werner, who earns £170,000-a-week (Spotrac), must be the most discussed player at Stamford Bridge by the club’s fanbase.
The 25-year-old forward scored the decisive winning goal last weekend in a 1-0 Premier League win over West Ham. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to carry that momentum into Chelsea’s match on Tuesday night.
Thomas Tuchel’s Blues side produced an impressive away performance to draw 1-1 with Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie. However, they should have taken more of an advantage back to Stamford Bridge for next week’s second leg.
Werner started a second consecutive game last night, but was guilty of missing a clear opportunity that he hit straight at the goalkeeper from close range.
Cundy has suggested that Chelsea look better when the German attacker is in the XI, but he doesn’t view him as someone that can play at centre-forward.
“He’s not a striker, you heard Thomas Tuchel call him a striker then, he’s not a striker,” Cundy told talkSPORT (27 April).
“His best movement comes from deep where he runs in beyond. He’s so quick, his runs in-between either the full-back and the centre-half or when they’re playing three at the back in behind wing-backs, that’s where he makes his best work.
“He’s not a natural finisher. The only time he looks dangerous in front of goal, and in fact he missed one, is when it’s instinctive. If he has time to think about it, I think he over-thinks things.
“We are a better side with him in it, but he’s not a Didier Drogba. He’s more of a 10 than he is a nine.”
The Chronicle View
Mason Mount and goalscorer Christian Pulisic were both amazing against Madrid last night, but central striker Werner just in front of them wasn’t on the same level.
He showed some flashes of brilliance with the timing of his movement, something which is an area of his game that can’t really be questioned.
It was the lack of a clinical edge in the final third that ultimately left supporters pulling out their hair over his display.
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