Report: £45m Chelsea man knows which position he wants to play regularly, Tuchel's hardly used him there

Timo Werner would like to be fielded through the middle as part of a two-man strike force for Chelsea more often.

This is according to football.london, who suggest the German is keen to partner up with another attacker to form a dualled front line.

What to do with Werner

Working out Werner’s strongest position remains a conundrum that neither Frank Lampard or Thomas Tuchel has managed to solve.

He left RB Leipzig as a centre-forward, who appreciated playing alongside one other in a more traditional offensive duo.

Generally, during his final Bundesliga season, the 25-year-old featured next to Yussuf Poulsen, the big man in a little and large relationship.

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Slightly strangely, Lampard decided against deploying his new signing in a similar fashion.

The former Chelsea manager instead mostly fielded Werner off the left of a front three or played him up top on his own.

Other than a short goalscoring spurt at the beginning of the term, the £45m (Sky Sports) arrival failed to convince wherever he was placed on the pitch.

Tuchel then tried him as one of the two number tens behind typically a false nine, or as the solo striker himself.

Much like his predecessor, the current coach failed to find the best location for Werner in the side.

Timo fails the test

Apparently, where the player feels his efforts are most profitable refers back to his days with Leipzig.

Down the centre of the park, with someone else running just behind or next to him.

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To Tuchel’s credit, he did allow Werner and Romelu Lukaku a chance to impress in a 4-2-2-2 formation against Tottenham Hotspur a fortnight ago, but neither managed to justify their partnership.

After nearly a year-and-a-half, it is still no clearer where Werner fits into the puzzle.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.