Thomas Tuchel warns Chelsea duo that their 'adjustment phase' is over
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said he is satisfied with both Timo Werner and Kai Havertz but also sent a warning that they are no longer in their “adjustment phase”.
The German pair have shown glimpses of their full potential in the last year or so since joining Chelsea.
Werner finished last season with more goal contributions (12 goals and 12 assists, via FBref) in all competitions than any other Chelsea player.
Meanwhile, Havertz had cemented his spot as the first-choice No.9 prior to Romelu Lukaku’s arrival. In this role, he scored several important goals for Chelsea, including the winning goal in the Champions League final.
These are far from disappointing, obviously, but they have also yet to replicate their Bundesliga form so far.
Some inconsistency in their first season at the club was perhaps inevitable. However, Tuchel underlined that Werner and Havertz should no longer be considered in a period of adaptation.
“We have set the bar pretty high for our own expectations now. The incentive to play against us and beat us has increased,” the Chelsea manager told German publication BILD.
“We have to keep improving to at least deliver at the same level.
“For Kai and Timo, that means the adjustment phase is over. They know what is at stake here now.
“They have made their mark, played their part in a big success.
“And now it’s about moving on – and that’s what they’re doing. I am very happy with both of them.”
Werner, who is three years older than Havertz, in particular, should be showing more consistency at this point.
Most Chelsea fans are aware of what the former RB Leipzig man offers to the team, especially with his runs.
Chelsea did not pay his £47.5million release clause in 2019 (Goal) just for his electrifying pace, though.
He became one of the most highly sought-after players in Europe after scoring more than 30 goals in his last season at Leipzig.
As Tuchel pointed out, Werner is no longer a new Chelsea signing adapting to a new environment.
Admittedly, Werner has also been unfortunate with some refereeing decisions, having had a total of 16 goals disallowed by VAR since joining Chelsea. He jokingly described it as “the story” of his Chelsea career earlier this month.
On a positive note, this also suggests that Werner has not entirely lost his ability to score. If he improves his positioning and avoids these marginal offside calls, he can hopefully show why he was once one of the most-feared strikers in Europe.