Rio Ferdinand felt that Timo Werner’s time in a Chelsea shirt should arrive next season, speaking on Vibe with Five.
Werner’s maiden campaign with the Blues has certainly been an indifferent one.
His form in front of goal hasn’t matched anything quite like the levels he managed with RB Leipzig, which was the main reason behind his move to England in the first place.
Missed chances, baren scoring streaks and unpredictable performances have combined to make the 25-year-old’s short Chelsea career extremely curious.
However, not all is doom and gloom in the German’s footballing life.
He is statistically the club’s chief creator, having provided 13 assists in all competitions. He’s also netted 11 times, with Tammy Abraham the only teammate to outscore him.
It’s been a Jekyll and Hyde kind of year for the attacker, but Ferdinand believed Werner would come good very soon.
“Werner will bang next year,” said the ex-Manchester United defender.
“It’s his first year in the country. People are forgetting he’s settling down in a pandemic.
“He’s still got over ten goals and over 10 assists. He’s got the most goal involvements at the club.”
What might be a worry for Werner is the fact Chelsea are on the hunt for a new centre-forward.
Names like Erling Haaland, Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero have been heavily linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge.
Signing anyone of these elite strikers would cause a stir in the current Blues squad, particularly in forward areas.
If Werner’s inconsistencies carried through into the following term, there is a fear he could be axed for one of the potential summer recruits.
There is the option to play him on one of the wings.
However, it’s not like Thomas Tuchel isn’t stacked in that area of the field either.
Big decisions will have to be made between now and the Premier League resumption in August regarding the Chelsea group, conclusions that may heavily involve Werner.