For Timo Werner, he can expect his position in the Chelsea XI to come under serious threat in the upcoming 2021/22 campaign.
The £45million attacker had mixed reviews last year during his debut season at Stamford Bridge. However, he finished a Champions League winner.
Also, it’s important to note that he’s been a regular starter since Thomas Tuchel took charge as manager in January.
The German speedster ended up with 12 goals and 15 assists last season for Chelsea, which is why labelling him a flop is a massive exaggeration given his actual input. He can become a cult hero at the Bridge if he becomes a little more clinical in front of goal.
Werner position won’t be guaranteed
Tuchel has shown he likes to shuffle his pack at times, but there is no doubt Werner was one of his favourites last season. For instance, he started in both the semi-finals and final of the Champions League.
His versatility means he can line up as any part of the preferred front three, with plenty of fluidity usually existing. But, his role has to be under pressure.
There are a host of top-class teammates vying with Werner to start in attack, so he’s not a shoe-in.
Hakim Ziyech’s pre-season form suggests he’s ready for a big second year at Chelsea. Meanwhile, Christian Pulisic is an outstanding individual that has been a go-to figure for the Blues at times.
Werner needs to worry about the form of German compatriot Kai Havertz, who scored the Champions League final winner. Havertz is a player that can take the Premier League by storm in the next few months. Fan favourite Mason Mount is another name that will expect to be playing most games.
Lukaku would crank up Chelsea competition
Werner found a way to start regularly when competing with this bunch last season, however, things could be about to get much harder.
The Athletic reports Chelsea are expected to make a third bid for Inter Milan’s centre-forward Romelu Lukaku. He’s a proven frontman that scored 30 goals last season.
If the Belgian striker returns to Stamford Bridge, that could mean just two from the names listed above start next to him in Tuchel’s best XI.
Werner has the individual ability to lock down a permanent starting role, but the obvious area to improve is staring him square in the face. It’s up to him now to find more conviction around the goal.
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