Chelsea plan to keep Timo Werner beyond this season. But he might suffer the same fate as former teammate Tammy Abraham unless he increases his output, according to Sky Germany’s Marc Behrenbeck.
The 25-year-old has only had two goals from seven games in all competitions for Chelsea this season so far.
It is certainly far below the expectation, although to be fair, he also initially struggled for game time due to Romelu Lukaku’s arrival at the start of the season.
The idea that Chelsea would give up on Werner might seem silly now. But if you consider that Chelsea also have the financial power to find a potentially better replacement, the possibility becomes more sensible.
It is exactly what Sky Germany’s Behrenbeck recently claimed about Werner’s future at Chelsea.
“The plan is that he will not move next summer. That is understandable,” said the German transfer expert.
“He is actually in the right place at Chelsea at the moment. But if things continue like this, he might have to leave.”
Comparison to Tammy Abraham’s situation
Behrenbeck further added that like Abraham, Chelsea might decide to offload Werner to make space for a new signing.
The Chelsea academy graduate joined AS Roma in the summer transfer window as the club completed a blockbuster deal to sign Lukaku.
“He [Abraham] was a huge talent. He was let go and someone new was brought in,” Behrenbeck explained.
“Last year, Werner only scored six times in the Premier League. That is exactly Abraham’s numbers. That’s not enough.
“We’ll have to wait and see how things develop.
“Timo Werner also would like to stay in the Premier League.
“At the moment, Chelsea are also so adamant that they don’t want to get rid of him. Of course, things could be different next summer.”
The outcome likely depends on whether Werner will be able to cement his place as a regular starter at Chelsea.
Chelsea agreed to pay a release clause worth £50million to bring him to London in 2020 on a five-year contract worth more than £9m-a-season (per Sky Sports).
Given his goalscoring record in the Bundesliga, it was arguably not a bad investment to make at that point.
But he is clearly on a starting player’s salary package, not a squad player’s or an impact sub’s.
There are a couple of other Chelsea players who are likely in the same situation at the moment, such as Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic.
Although, Werner is arguably ahead of these two in the pecking order and should not be next in line if Chelsea were to sell an attacking player this summer.