Paul Merson has delivered a critical verdict of Chelsea’s Timo Werner, stating that it looks like he plays at 100 miles per hour on the pitch and hints it leads him to make rash decisions.
Werner, who cost £45million (Sky Sports) in the summer, has divided opinion during his first season at Stamford Bridge so far.
The German forward has scored 10 goals in 34 games across all competitions, which isn’t quite at the rate many thought given the way he netted for fun at RB Leipzig.
New Blues manager Thomas Tuchel has preferred to use him as an attacker just behind a striker, where he often drops into little pockets of space and finds himself out wide at times.
The 24-year-old has blistering pace and a huge work-rate, but his final ball has been lacking at times.
Sky Sports pundit Merson has suggested that Werner needs to find far more composure and believes he’s got a lot learn.
“I think there’s a lot of work to be done with this lad. I know he’s been brought in for all that money,” Merson told Sky Sports, as quoted by Football Daily.
“I watched loads of stuff where he’s not even near to the finished article, not even close. Times when he’ll go down the wing and he’ll literally just cross a ball and nobody is in there, instead of just getting it and coming back.
“It seems like he’s getting rid of the ball. It seems to me like it is all 100 miles per hour and there is a lot of work to be done, a lot of work with him at the moment.”
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It’s been a mixed bag for the several new Chelsea players, but Werner would fall into the category of good rather than bad.
He’s frustrating to watch at times, as he gets into so many great areas where he can hurt the opposition and often falls short.
It will help if Tuchel manages to nail him down to one fixed position and the early signs of the new manager’s reign is that he’s going to invest some real trust in him.