Pundit Martin Keown has predicted that Chelsea star Timo Werner will fulfil his potential at Stamford Bridge, insisting that the Blues will get the best out of him as a centre-forward.
Werner, 24, joined in the summer from RB Leipzig with a huge reputation and the attacker has shown some flashes of brilliance so far.
The Germany international has nine goals in 25 games across all competitions this season in a Chelsea shirt, but hasn’t scored in the Premier League since November.
He’s a versatile attacker that has largely played as a left-winger due to injury problems, but recently he’s had the chance down the middle in his preferred position.
Ex-Premier League defender Keown has stressed that Werner needs to play as a central figure.
He’s made a comparison to Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, who is a forward that has terrorised the Premier League for years with his pace in behind.
“Players must be fielded in their natural positions, first and foremost. By playing Timo Werner central for Chelsea’s last two games, Lampard is doing that,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“You wouldn’t use Jamie Vardy on the wing, so why should it be different for Werner?
“Werner ranks in the Premier League’s top 10 players for shots taken, but his conversion rate is one of the worst. With him back to being used centrally — as he was against Manchester City and Morecambe — I fully expect him to fulfil his potential.”
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It’s been a turbulent time for Werner so far at Chelsea, especially in the league, and he will have expected the pressure that has surrounded him.
His weekend goal against Morecambe in the FA Cup should give him some kind of a lift, so it’ll be interesting to see if manager Frank Lampard starts him on Saturday in the league against Fulham.
With Chelsea hopeful of climbing up the league table back into the top positions, they’re going to need one individual to really start scoring on a consistent basis.
Werner’s finishing has been suspect so far, but 95 goals in 159 Leipzig games shows he can do it.