Garth Crooks wondered whether Chelsea will be regretting letting Tammy Abraham leave the club last month and keeping hold of Timo Werner.

Whilst compiling his BBC Team of the Week, Crooks questioned the Stamford Bridge chain of command’s judgement call on the young centre-forward.

Abraham was sold to Roma for £34m (BBC) after falling massively out of favour with Thomas Tuchel.

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The 23-year-old is already paying back his fee in the Italian capital, scoring three times in just eight outings under Jose Mourinho.

He looks happy and hungry again, traits that were taken away from him by Tuchel.

Timo’s troubles return

Whilst Abraham is falling back in love with football, another striker is struggling to find a similar attachment to the sport.

Werner started just his second Premier League game of the season on Saturday against Manchester City.

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Chelsea’s German £45m (Sky Sports) attacker partnered Romelu Lukaku upfront for the very first time, but the partnership was highly unsuccessful.

Neither managed to trouble Ederson’s net and did not look like a combination who had much in common.

City’s centre-backs, Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias, had a relatively easy afternoon at Stamford Bridge thanks to Werner and Lukaku’s insufficiencies.  


“The Portugal defender was superb and looked like he was back to his best against Chelsea,” remarked Crooks about Dias.

“The Blues, on the other hand, may have made a rather important mistake by selling Tammy Abraham to Roma and retaining the services of Timo Werner.

“In the past I thought Werner might be the better option given the way Thomas Tuchel likes his teams to play but it would appear the German international suffers from acute stage fright and I don’t think anyone can help him.”

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What lies ahead for Werner?

Tuchel has made very few errors since succeeding Frank Lampard at the helm of Chelsea.

But playing a part in Abraham’s departure could be his biggest fault to date.

Especially if the Englishman continues scoring and Werner continues failing.

There have been reports about the latter considering his future as a Blue, although how much substance there is to these suggestions is not certain.

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For now, Chelsea must continue with Werner whether they want to or not.

However, how long will Roman Abramovich’s patience last before he decides to sell the Lampard signing?

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